Have you noticed the cedar trees are beginning to have berries? You know that the Cedar Fever season is almost here. Several years ago, a friend suggested that I chew the purple berries to build up my immunity because I was always ill during this time. I laughed at him, but I decided to try it. It worked for me. For the last four years, I haven’t had bronchial problems or lost my voice during Christmas choir time. Pick the purple berries, wash them and place them in the refrigerator. Take several at a time and chew them. You don’t have to swallow them. Do this several days in a row. It’s worth a try.
If you are transplanting shrubs and trees, Fall is a good time for that. They will have time to form new roots and become established before next summer. Dig the planting hole before digging the plant. Add compost and cottonseed meal to the hole, plus fill the planting hole with water as you are planting. Never let the roots dry out after it has been dug.
Dig and re-plant perennials; iris, yarrow, daylilies, phlox, shasta daisy, and bulbs.
For Spring color, plant columbine, purple coneflower, daffodils, ranunculus, wildflower seed, bluebonnet, and larkspur. Ranunculus is a wonderful Spring bulb. We planted them in the garden at Bindseil Park the first year we began working on the garden. You need to treat them as an annual. Plant them each year, but you will enjoy them. Add the new Fall color, except for pansies and petunias. They do better in cooler weather. Protect your seedlings from pill bugs. Use Sevin Dust, Sluggo Plus or Spinosad for two weeks after germination. Fertilize lawn, trees, shrubs and flowers. Use a winterizer on the lawn and trees. This is the most important feeding of the year. Prepare the potted plants to take inside. Check for pests, cut back to fit inside, and re-pot if necessary.