AUGUST “To Do’s”
Still remember our early “monsoon summer”? Well, the Texas summer has officially arrived. Make certain you’re doing the right things to ensure a beautiful landscape, both summer and fall. Let our knowledgeable staff help you pick the right plants and products for your needs.
- “Calibrate” your irrigation system. As the summer progresses you need to know how much each zone provides over a given period of time. (If you have questions on how to do this, ask our staff to help.)
- Plant new shrubs & fall perennials. But you must commit to hand-watering to ensure proper establishment – you cannot depend solely on your irrigation system. Don’t forget your Root Stimulator and Superthrive.
- Plant palms. (Be aware of the cold-hardiness of your selection.)
- Plant tropicals (Esperanza, Hibiscus, Mandevilla) and warm-season annuals (Moss Rose, Purslane, Coleus, Sweet Potato, Begonias, and many more)..
- Fertilize flowering annuals monthly … they are heavy feeders. And don’t forget those container plantings.
- Fertilize landscape plants - trees, shrubs, perennials, groundcovers, etc. (An inexpensive soil test can provide direction on specific fertilizer formulation.) Read and follow label instructions for application rate and timing.
- MULCH, MULCH, MULCH. We recommend shredded wood mulch. Remember mulch serves both to insulate the root system and hold in valuable moisture. It also makes it harder for weeds to get a foothold.
- Plant turf grass – all warm season grasses can be planted this month. Water twice daily for the first two weeks to get proper root establishment.
- Fertilize your lawn (if it’s been more than 8 weeks since the last fertilization). We do NOT recommend “weed-n-feed” products.
- Watch out for signs of iron deficiency (yellowed leaves with dark green veins). Often it is most prominent on new growth. Treat with chelated iron / sulfur products.
- Watch new growth on roses for possible Rose Rosette disease. Don’t wait to take corrective action. Don’t miss Black Spot and Powdery Mildew on the roses.
- Watch out for chinch bugs. They always appear at the hottest part of your yard. (Like next to driveway or sidewalk).
- Prune trees and shrubs, guiding new growth with selective pruning. Now is the time to prune oaks as oak wilt fungus has essentially stopped. It is still best to apply pruning paint to oaks.