September 2 2006 Timely Tips





September 2, 2006

  • Flowering Annuals can be transplanted now: Alyssum, asters, calendula, dianthus (pinks), flowering cabbage and kale, pansies, petunias, phlox, Shasta daisies, snapdragons, and stock. If temperatures remain unseasonably hot, gardeners would be well advised to wait until October to transplant most of these cool-season flowering plants.
  • The fall pruning of roses is lighter than in the spring and consists of removing twiggy and unproductive growth along with any crossing or dead canes. All rose foliage is left on the bush at this time. Labor Day is a good time to do the fall “grooming.”
  • Check out the requirements for trees and do your planning before planting any. Find out the mature height and width. Don’t plant any tree closer then 25 feet to any structure. Plant trees and shrubs this month or later after the hot weather subsides.
  • Vegetable crops benefit from a side dressing of fertilizer to enhance their growth and production potential. Use one cup of Ammonium Sulfate per 100 square feet of planting surface.
  • Keep your pecans watered if you want full nuts. One inch per week over the area covered by the crown is sufficient. Cut back the dying canes on your blackberry bushes. You can maintain them at about 3 feet in height.

David Rodriguez is County Extension Agent-Horticulture with Texas Cooperative Extension in Bexar County. For more information, call the Master Gardener “Hotline” (210) 467-6575 or visit our County Extension website at

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