SEPTEMBER “To Do’s”

Recognize some of these “To Do’s” from prior months?  Does that mean they have to be done every month?  NO.  We repeat items that are both very important AND can properly be done different months.  The best example is MULCHING.  It is absolutely critical that your planting beds be well mulched and it is true that mulching can be done literally any month of the year.  So, we repeat it as a reminder to make sure you are properly covered, not to suggest that you should mulch every month.  Have questions?  Call us and our knowledgeable staff will help resolve any questions.

  • NOW is the time to apply pre-emergent to control winter weeds.  Follow label directions.
  • Plant trees and shrubs.  As soon as the summer high temperatures leave us, it’s a great time to plant.  This gives these new plants the maximum time to establish before the next Texas summer.  (Don’t forget the importance of hand watering during establishment – you cannot depend solely on your irrigation system.)  Don’t forget your Root Stimulator!
  • Plant spring flowering perennials
  • 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.
  • Watch out for fire ants.  There are a number of products to successfully treat.
  • Root-prune plants that you plan to transplant this winter.
  • 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 lawn diseases.  You may see a number of fungal diseases this time of year.  Apply a fungicide according to label instructions.