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.
Garden Tips for July
- July is the month to start your fall tomato garden.
- Begin trimming spent flower stalks on perennials.
- If you haven’t done so already, cut back some overgrown annuals (such as impatiens and coleus) and perennials (such as asters and salvia). A light shearing can help prevent the plants from falling over.
- Roses can be trimmed back now by one-third to one-half so they will rejuvenate for the fall season.
- Mature or overgrown climbing roses can be shaped up now without damaging next year’s bloom potential.
- As it continues to heat up outside, keep your plants well watered.
- Continue mowing your lawn once per week to maintain good healthy growth and reduce any unnecessary wear and tear on lawn equipment.
- Continue fertilizing your lawn and garden with a high nitrogen fertilizer, following recommended application rates.
Garden 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.
September Garden Tips
- 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.