It’s beginning to feel like fall. What a great change in the weather! KBB missed two weeks of working on the east side of the Square, due to rain. So needless to say, there is a lot to be done the next time we meet.
Be on the lookout for fall webworms. There are some in Blanco. Do your best to open the webs and spray with Bacillius thurgiensis (BT) or Spinosad. This new product can also be used on fireants.
Watch for Chinch bugs in St. Augustine lawns. It resembles dry spots in the hottest part of the lawn and near sidewalks. Treat with a contact insecticide.
Spidermites are damaging annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees. Spray the underside of the plants with a hard stream of water. It will remove them. Use a seaweed solution every other week until the weather changes. They explode during the hot, dry weather. They aren’t so bad during the cooler weather.
Fertilize roses, annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees and lawns. Continue watering if it doesn’t rain.
Plant transplants of eggplant, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower.
In September you can begin seeding leafy vegetables and root crops. Collect seeds of your favorite flowers and vegetables. Let them dry several days before placing them in sealed jars or envelopes. Place the seeds in the refrigerator until you are ready to plant them or give to friends. Be sure to label and give directions on the package. This is also a good time to take cuttings of roses, shrubs and perennials to start new plants.
If you have a problem with thrips on your roses, spray with a garlic spray. During the winter, use Beneficial Nemotades for spring protection.