October already... can you believe how rapidly the year has passed? It seems only last week I was preparing the landscape for spring. Now it’s fall; waiting for winter. I watch the weather channels each day to check how low the temperature will go. My deck and yard is still full of summer plants. The first time the temperature reaches below 40 degrees, I’ll be sorry that I haven’t moved plants inside or placed extra mulch on tender plants. If the weather is showing 40 to 41 degrees in San Antonio or Austin, you can believe it is in the high 30s in our area. Many of your tender plants will be damaged. Begin moving potted plants inside; some will need to be re-potted and checked for disease.
Select bulbs - keep tulips and narcissis in the veggie tray of the fridge until after Thanksgiving. Daffodils may be planted anytime.
Plant onion seed of 1015y, Grano 502, Granx or Burgandy. These are usually a sweet onion. Onion sets and plants can be planted as well as garlic bulbs. Plant container grown trees and shrubs. The roots will get a headstart before the summer heat. Divide daylilies and replant through November.
Make additional plantings of parsley, radishes, spinach, greens and carrots. Overseed bare spots in the landscape or lawn with annual rye. It will die out when the weather becomes hot again. Make cuttings of tender plants before frost if you wish to propagate the plants.
Mulch trees, shrubs, garden vegetables and perennials with extra mulch. Seed wildflowers. Bluebonnet transplants can be set out in full sun. Keep row cover near seedlings in case of a surprise frost.
This is a good time to add compost to the lawn, garden, trees, and shrubs. Remember, the fall fertilizing is the most important fertilizer. It is important to help keep the roots fed during the winter and to help start new growth in the spring.
Fill containers with fall flowers and place on the deck or patio. There are several fall annuals that can add color; look at snapdragons, violas, pansy, and petunia.