It is time for Pansies!!!! If planted in fall, they can last up to eight months, from September to April or May, providing fall and spring color. That’s a pretty good deal.
End of summer brings relief – sometimes. Hot weather has stayed around so let’s keep everything watered! Don’t need the summer schedules, but 2 days a week may be needed. Flowers and perennials, azaleas etc may need hand watering. If you live in the Dallas – Fort Worth area, now is the time for North Texas winter lawn preparation.
by Martha Gail Moore
The hot summer is over, your grass has somewhat survived and fall is here – time for some lawn care and gardening maintenance. What should that include?
The two most important things your lawn needs now to come back strong in the spring are:
- Complete balanced fertilizer to build turf
- Pre-emergent herbicide to prevent weed growth
When considering lawn mowing heights there is always a tendency to keep lawns short, maybe to mimic a golf course, or just a preference. Low mowing heights in the spring helps clean-up debris. Longer mowing heights in summer heat will better shade soil to conserve moisture, the longer the turf the deeper the root system. St. Augustine needs to be 2” at least year ’round for hardier turf. St. Augustine has a fine root system prone to damage. Longer turf is insurance to cold weather, etc. Check the Web for your turf grasses proper mowing height.
It is important to annually check irrigation systems for several reasons. Having the irrigation systems checked will find broken elements, wore out nozzles, leaking valves, correct spray patterns, etc. We cannot waste water or use it freely anymore. Water restrictions will have a huge impact on our lawn & landscape for years to come, having the irrigation system running properly will help conserve our valuable water resources and keep our lawns and landscape intact. Run ROTORS 3 times longer than pop-up heads. Shady areas will require less watering than open sunny areas.
Mulch beds not only looks good, but can save the water that our landscapes get from rain or watering. It will also reduce weeds and the Hardwood mulch will improve the soil health when it breaks down. Hardwood is the most widely used; there is also Cedar, Cypress and the Red & Black Cypress and pine bark to mention the most common
We will prune the Crepes to a tree shape. Some have been so badly pruned in years past we can get them reshaped but it takes a focused effort. What we will not do is chop them off and leave stumps. This severe pruning in the past is allowing a scale pest opportunity and it is getting worse over the past year. We also believe it is allowing Aphids to be more of a problem and Powdery Mildew. Pruning crepe myrthles is stressing to the trees and pests will first attack a tree in stress. That’s how nature works.
Be careful with after summer irrigation of the turf at night after October 1st. Leaving the root zone wet when temperatures cooler at night can and WILL promote root rot and other disease symptoms. This can progress to the turf die back. This is true especially in shady areas and in St. Augustine turf.
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