Fall is here and there is plenty to do in our yards and gardens. Enjoy the cooler temperatures and get out there! Here is a list of what you could be working on:
Fall Garden Planting: Now is the time to plant those fall/winter vegetables. These include beets, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, Swiss chard, collards, kale, lettuce, mustard, parsley, radish, spinach, and turnips.
Pasture Planting: The rain will come one of these days, be prepared and have your winter oats, winter wheat and rye grass seed out in your pastures. We have plenty in the store, stop by and pick yours up. Those that have the pastures ready should get a nice little return on their pasture greens when the rain comes.
Lawn Care: Now is the time to apply Fall pre-emergents! Use the organic corn gluten meal or dimension.
Tree & Shrub Planting: Now is a great time for any type of planting or replacing of trees and shrubs. Our trees and shrubs took a beating with the summer heat. Most well established trees and shrubs should be alright, but next spring will tell. If you want to check your plants out, scratch a major branch or trunk and check the color under the bark. Dark green indicated the plan should be fine, but pale green, black or brown means trouble and high stress. Consider replacing the plant. Some plants may need a little pruning and they will be fine. Next Spring will tell us what made it and what did not.
Fall Harvest & Halloween Displays Our stores have a great supply of straw bales for your holiday displays. Looking around town I see the pumpkins are coming in from the growers.
Poinsettia Blooming: Are you nurturing poinsettia plants? Poinsettias should be covered from light at night from early October until you see the colored bracts show up. Cover the plant at dusk every evening with a light-proof bag and uncover about 8:00 am in the morning. A closet may be ideal to put it in at night. Even a quick, short exposure to even dim light can prevent flowering. For more information on poinsettia plants check out http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/archives/parsons/flowers/poinsettia.html
Rain Barrel: With water restrictions in place any amount of water you can capture will help with plant watering. Russell’s has barrels and rain barrels for sale. If you need a class on rain barrels Dr. Dotty Woodson, Extension Program Specialist with Texas A&M can help. Dr. Woodson will be holding a class October 20th. For information check out this website http://dallas.tamu.edu/courses/oct-20-2011-making-a-rain-barrel/
Fort Worth Botanic Garden Special Events:
October 8th Plant Sale from 9am.-2pm.
October 18th Fort Worth Cactus and Succulent Society meeting 7pm.
October 22nd-23rd Fall Festival in Japanese garden
October 25th “Remarkable Native Plants” Matt Turner, PhD.