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How Does Your Garden Grow?
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 • Posted September 15, 2009 10:00 PM

“Fall is for planting” will be the most popular slogan that you see for the next two months. There is a lot of work ahead to prepare for fall and winter

1. Prepare soil for crops, and add compost, fertilizer, and mulch.

2. Remove weeds, grass, and plants that compete for nutrients.

3. Trim and cut back summer plants, add fertilizer, and continue to water. Many should begin to bloom again.

4. If you transplant fall crops now, use a grow net to protect them from the sun. We still have some hot days ahead. This is the time to plant cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and kale.

5. Trim roses for fall blooming. Cut out dead branches as well as crossed and broken limbs. Open up the middle for air circulation; fertilize and water. Try Rose Glow on all of your blooming plants; it’s very good.

6. Prepare your lawn for fertilizing. This is the most important feeding of the year. It helps the lawn survive the winter and green up in the spring.

7. Keep an eye out for fungus. This is the time of the year it will appear. Brown patch is the most prevalent. Brown circles appearing will be the first indication. You can try organic first, using cornmeal sprinkled around and inside the circles, and water in it. There are several chemical fungicides, which work well also. Try not to water in the early evening hours; the leaves need to be dry before night fall. This is the time the fungi are in the warm evening air and attack.

8. Prepare soil for wildflowers. Plant in September and October. Try bluebonnets, larkspur, and early spring bloomers.

9. Shear and lightly prune shrubs. Wait until January or February to do drastic pruning.

Enjoy the rain.

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