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How Does Your Garden Grow?
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 • Posted September 9, 2008 10:00 PM

September is the month of change. It’s time to think about changing our gardens and preparing for the fall. If you haven’t fertilized in the last six weeks, now is the time to do it. Fall fertilizing is the most important of the year. Use a winterizer on your lawn and shrubs.

Chemical fertilizer will need to be watered in after it is applied. Organic fertilizer doesn’t need to be watered immediately. It is also slow release simply by it being organic. I use Medina Hasta to grow lawn. It is sprayed on the lawn. I have been well pleased with the lawn appearance the past two years.

If your St. Augustine lawn has dead spots, check for grubs and chinch bugs. If you pull up a runner and the piece comes up, you have insect problems. Use a contact insecticide. If it doesn’t come loose, it may be Take All Patch, a fungus. Use a product called Plant Wash or a powder with the name Actinovate. Follow the directions on the package. It’s a little early for Brown Patch. Prepare your soil for Spring Wildflowers. Many of your flowers will reseed from last year, but if you are planting additional flowers, mow the weeds or use the weedeater, getting rid of as many weeds as possible. Rake the soil and plant the seed, making sure the seed is in contact with the soil. Many of the seeds, like Bluebonnets, will need to be soaked in water before planting. This will help them germinate faster.

Fall is for planting; that includes trees, shrubs, herbs, new lawns, perennials, vegetables and flowers. Planting this time of the year give the plants time to let the roots establish before next summer. Dig and divide spring blooming perennials. Replant them or divide with friends.

With summer sales on shrubs and flowers during this season, try some new plants this year instead of using the same old ones.

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