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.

November Garden Tips

  • 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

  • Prune trees and shrubs to remove unwanted or unhealthy growth in order to maintain an attractive growth habit.
  • Change out tired or dead annual color in beds and containers. Plant cool season annuals such as pansies, snapdragons, dianthus, dusty miller and ornamental kale. Continue fertilizing annuals regularly.
  • Plant spring-blooming bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, allium, leucojum and muscari. The basic rule is to plant bulbs at a depth of 3 times their circumference.
  • Mulch new plantings to help retain moisture and insulate roots against cold temperatures.
  • Lawns can be overseeded with cool season grass 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.

Garden Tips for January

  • Plant/Relocate trees and shrubs now while they are dormant so roots can establish. Prune trees and shrubs to remove unwanted or unhealthy growth in order to maintain an attractive growth habit.
  • Plant annual color in beds and containers during days with warmer temperatures. Fertilize annuals regularly with a complete, water soluble fertilizer.
  • Divide and replant summer and fall blooming perennials while they are still dormant.
  • Spring blooming bulbs can still be planted until mid January in order to give them enough time to establish roots and bloom.
  • Plan your early spring vegetable garden. Sow seeds for spring annuals and veggies, inside, per instructions based on the last frost date for your area. They need full sun and temperatures around 65 to 70 degrees (watch out for cold window sills!).
  • Rye and Fescue seed can be spread during extended periods of warm temperatures. Fertilize overseeded lawns once they are established.
  • Mulch new plantings to help retain moisture and insulate roots against cold temperatures.
  • Keep frost cloth handy to cover any tender annuals, perennials or new plantings since January is usually the coldest month in North Texas.

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