Gardening Tips

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 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. Plant new rose shrubs.
  • Plant cool season veggies, such as carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, and mustard, to be harvested through autumn.
  • Plant trees, shrubs, and perennials during cooler autumn temperatures to establish before winter.

Gardening Tips for October

  • Plan purchases of pre-chilled, spring-blooming bulbs, like tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths.
  • Plant cool season annuals, such as pansies, ornamental kale, and snapdragons.
  • Plant herbs like cilantro and parsley for harvest throughout autumn.
  • Water newly planted trees, shrubs, perennials, and seasonal color to establish.

Gardening Tips for November

  • Plant trees and shrubs while they are becoming dormant so they can establish roots during winter. Apply root stimulator to establish.
  • Transplant trees and shrubs with a large enough root ball to avoid root damage.
  • Dig and divide spring blooming perennials so roots can establish before spring. Prune fall-blooming perennials to produce healthy, bushy plants next spring.
  • Plant winter annuals and vegetables. Fertilize annual color with a complete, water soluble fertilizer. Mulch new plantings to retain moisture, suppress weeds, and insulate roots against cold temperatures.
  • Plant narcissus and pre-chilled tulips toward the end of the month.

Gardening Tips for December

  • Relocate and/or prune trees and shrubs.
  • Plant cool season annuals such as pansies, dianthus, and ornamental kale Continue fertilizing annuals regularly.
  • Plant spring-blooming bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths. Plant them at a depth of 3 times the bulb’s circumference.
  • Mulch new plantings to retain moisture, suppress weeds, and insulate roots against cold temperatures.
  • Cool season grass seed can be spread if warm temperatures are expected. Don’t forget to fertilize overseeded turf once established. Rye grass is an easy to maintain groundcover that helps retain soil moisture and helps reduce soil erosion.
  • Keep frost cloth handy to cover any tender annuals, perennials or new plantings. Buy it early before local retailers sell out.