Prepare For Fall With Us!
Autumn officially begins on September 22nd, which means it's time to break out the mums and pumpkins! In this late summer season, plenty of plants can still be successfully added to your landscape; some of these include phlox, larkspur, marigolds, snap dragons, mums, black-eyed susan, hydrangeas, daylilies, lilies, sedums, iris, and once the temperature drops below 80F, pansies will be in stock here at the Nursery.
Many of our customers look to us for their fall vegetables and August is a perfect time to start cool weather varieties. Beans, squash, cucumbers, kale, lettuce radishes, spinach, turnips, tomatoes, pumpkins, peas, peppers, celery, and much more can be planted.
Now that summer is drawing to a close, planning for fall gardens should begin. This entails adding fresh compost and a slow-release fertilizer to either raised bed gardens or in-ground gardens. Here at Southern Nurseries we've had great success with Osmocote and My Organic Compost DS.
Pruning and fertilizing sound like hard work but Southern Nurseries makes it easy! Not only do we have an amazing landscape program but our expert staff can help walk you through the basics. In August you can prune large trees for improved shape, as well as lightly prune all flowering plants to give them a greater chance of rebloom. Fertilizing should be done with a humic acid based fertilizer, ideally Medina Plus, but MicroLife Super Seaweed can be used in its place.
Notable insects to keep an eye out for this time of year include aphids, spider mites, and mealy bugs, all of which can be treated with Neem Oil. We've also seen sooty mold attacking a number of plants, and like most fungi it can be treated with Copper Fungicide.
Lawns this season have been going through a hard time! With all this rain and hot sun, it's no wonder yards all over Texas are battling weeds. Nitro-Phos has an excellent feeding program crafted to deal with this problem, highlighting specific fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides to deal with any issues. The product line-up for August includes either fertilizer Sweet Green or SuperTurf, and Eagle Specialty Fungicide in September.