September 22 2007 Timely Tips

GARDENING CALENDAR

TEXAS COOPERATIVE EXTENSION

BEXAR COUNTY BY DAVID RODRIGUEZ

September 22, 2007

  • Kick off the fall season with beautiful color. Consider, planting the San Antonio hardy perennial Fall Aster. This plant will give you gorgeous purple-bluish flowers with a lovely yellow center.
  • Rejuvenate heat stressed geraniums, impatiens and begonias by lightly pruning, fertilizing and watering. If not, consider replacing them with colorful fall mums.
  • Add generous amounts of enriched organic compost to all beds, shrubs, and trees. As well as a two inch top layer of an organic living mulch. This will build the soil, cut back on weeds and help insulate for the winter.
  • Cut way back on the lawn irrigation this month to avoid brown patch. If you already have brown patch or other diseases in the lawn, treat it with a fungicide.
  • This is the best time to plant bluebonnet seeds. Plant the seeds now, so that the young plants can over-winter as a rosette plant and bloom next spring. Keep a real close eye on pill bugs; they like to eat the leaves of the young plants.

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 https://bexar-tx.tamu.edu.

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