October finds south Texas in the middle of its second growing season. It's a great month for planting!
Back to gardening . . . . Divide your spring-blooming perennials (Shasta daisy, daylily, amaryllis and iris). When clumps grow thick and don’t bloom well, it’s time to divide them – about every 2 to 4 years. Large clumps can be divided with a shovel. Add organic matter and compost to the planting bed before replanting your newly divided perennials.
Your shrubs will benefit from a light pruning and fertilizing right now. In particular all lantanas are probably pretty overgrown and leggy. Mine were covered with mealy bugs so I trimmed them WAY back to remove the pest - probably overdid it a bit, but at least I don't have to mess with the mealybugs . . . .
Pick your vegetables and flowers to keep the plants producing. Likewise, trim your herbs will keep them growing. Encourage leaf growth by removing the flowers. Plants won’t use as much water during cooler months so reduce your watering.
The fall is the best time to plant trees. We've FINALLY planted a lime tree this morning and have spots picked out for six new live oaks to line the back of our yard.
Don't you love Fall? Get out there and grow something!
Rollicking larkspur in the front garden
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