Goodness, what a long, hot summer it has been! And I'm not sure if its over yet, although the general concensus of the customers in the store is that we might be in for a rough winter if our on-again off-again spring is to be any indication.
Fall Gardens are starting to take hold this month and everyone is getting excited about planting again. Tomato plants have already arrived as has a beautiful selection of 1 gallon mums in 5 different colors!
Bulbs? in Texas?
Yes you can! Now is a great time to purchase your spring flowering bulbs while the selection is good, but hold onto them until the ground significantly cools - about November.
Texas is not known for our acres of tulips or daffodils that come back every year, but if you will think of bulbs as annuals (meaning you purchase & plant them every year) you'll be very happy with them. The spring flowering bulbs are the easiest to grow flowers you can plant. Just Dig, Drop, Done!
When choosing your bulbs, you want to pick out nice, firm bulbs with no blemishes. You want them to "look" healthy. The same way you pick out your veggies at the farmers market.
In your Garden
Many people new to gardening are surprised when you talk to them about planting a fall garden. Just about everything that you planted in the spring can be replanted in the fall.
Vegetables that can be planted successfully during September include - beets, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, collards, kale, leeks, lettuce, mustard, onions, potatoes and swiss chard. To find out more about planting seed potatoes and onions, click here to read our article on growing these two.
As we move more into the cool season, root crops will perform well. These include carrots, radishes and turnips. Herbs will also do well planted during this time. Sage, lavender, thyme, basil and catnip as well.
Make sure to pay close attention to new plants and seed transplants during September when watering. Growing plants will need frequent watering until they become well established.
September is time for your final application of the pre-emergent herbicide Balan. If you have followed our advice and Facebook reminders of when to apply, then you have enjoyed a weed free lawn all year! Congratulations!
For those of you still fighting sticker burs, we'll start again in the spring, (otherwise stop by the store today and pick up a Ready To Use Image spray).
If you have an automatic sprinkler system, you will need to adjust it to water less frequently as your lawn growth starts to slow down.
If you would like your lawn to stay green throughout the winter months, then you will want to over-seed with a ryegrass. The optimal time to do this is when the overnight temps stay consistently in the mid to low 60's.
During September, you might not have to mow as much as previous months, but be careful not to let your lawn become overgrown.
Late September or early October is the best time to apply your winterizer to your lawn.
Texas has over 1,000 species of wildflowers. By planting wildflower seeds in September, you cna enjoy a beautiful array of colors in your own backyard. Late August & early September are the best times to plant wildflowers. Our personal favorite is the Texas Bluebonnets.