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.

Garden 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.

Garden 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.

Garden Tips for December

  • It is an excellent time to prune trees and shrubs to remove unwanted or unhealthy growth in order to maintain an attractive growth habit.
  • Continue changing out tired or dead annual color in beds and containers if you haven’t already done so. Plant cool season annuals such as pansies, snapdragons, dianthus, dusty miller and ornamental kale. Don’t forget to continue fertilizing annuals regularly.
  • Begin planting spring-blooming bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, allium, leucojum and muscari. Remember the basic rule is to plant them at a depth of 3 times the bulb’s circumference.
  • Mulch new plantings to help retain moisture and insulate roots against cold temperatures.
  • If you still haven’t overseeded your lawn, or still have some bare spots, cool-season grass can be spread if an extended time period of warm temperatures is expected. Don’t forget to fertilize overseeded turf once it is 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 when we have unexpected low temperatures.

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