Need help planting a successful garden? These tips and tricks from our horticulture staff can help keep your home garden looking beautiful this fall.
In North Texas we ask a lot of our plants. With extreme temperatures in the summer and periods of too much or no rain at all, it's important to equip your garden accordingly. Take a look at these suggestions designed to help your home garden thrive.
Gardening Tips for August
- Proper watering is crucial in August. Apply one to two inches of water per week to landscaping.
- Keep an eye out for webworms in trees. Use a garden hose to blast them out of the trees with water or cut them out with pole pruners.
- Plant vegetable crops, including corn, tomatoes and beans for fall harvest.
- Plant seasonal annuals such as marigolds and ornamental peppers for fall interest.
Gardening Tips for September
- Plant annual color, such as mums, marigolds, and ornamental peppers to add seasonal interest to the autumn garden.
- Deadhead spent rose flowers to keep shrubs blooming throughout the season. Now is the time to plant new rose shrubs.
- In the vegetable garden, plant cool season veggies, such as carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, and mustards, to be harvested through the fall and winter months.
- Start planting trees, shrubs, and perennials as cooler autumn temperatures will help plants establish roots before winter.
Gardening Tips for October
- Start planning your purchase of pre-chilled, spring-blooming bulbs, like tulips, daffodils and hyacinths.
- Start planting cool season annuals, such as pansies, ornamental kale and snapdragons.
- Plant herbs like cilantro and parsley now for harvesting through the fall and winter months.
- Keep newly planted trees, shrubs, perennials, and seasonal color watered to help them establish.
Gardening Tips for November
- Continue planting trees and shrubs now while they are becoming dormant so they can establish roots during winter. An application of root stimulator will help get them started.
- Transplant trees and shrubs in your landscape now. Give them a large enough root ball when transplanting to avoid root damage.
- Dig and divide spring blooming perennials now so their roots can get established before spring. Prune back fall-blooming perennials to produce healthy, bushy plants next spring.
- Plant narcissus and pre-chilled tulips toward the end of the month.
- Plant pansies, dianthus, kale and other winter annuals, as well as cool season veggies such as broccoli and cabbage.
- Fertilize annual color with a complete, water soluble fertilizer. Mulch new plantings to help retain moisture and insulate roots against cold temperatures.