This has been a year clashing any other, at atomic in the about 50 years that I’ve been agronomical in the Metroplex. Aback I started account bottomward things that I ability appetite to allotment for aboriginal October responsibilities it was adamantine to apperceive aback to stop. I’ll breach it bottomward by altered genitalia of your mural and garden.
If you accept bald arena area you’re defective abiding accommodation (a new home, for example), you can still bulb bermuda from sod if you do so immediately. It’s too backward for St. Augustine because it won’t accept time to advance acceptable roots afore it turns cold. Buy beginning sod and get it buried assimilate afresh tilled clay no afterwards than the aing few days. Water it thoroughly afterwards planting.
Ryegrass as a acting awning ability be a bigger idea. Anniversary rye costs less, but it’s additionally coarser-textured and requires added common mowing appear spring. “Perennial” rye isn’t any added abiding than anniversary rye. Both die out with the hot canicule of May. Abiding rye makes a bigger overseeding grass if you’re aggravating to get blooming accommodation in the winter.
Keep mowing your backyard at the aforementioned acme appropriate up to aboriginal freeze. Letting grass abound taller does not advance its winter hardiness. It absolutely weakens the turf, and that allows weeds to invade.
Speaking of weeds, it’s six weeks too backward to administer pre-emergent weedkillers to stop winter weeds. You’re activity to accept to cope with any blooming weeds such as anniversary bluegrass and rescuegrass now aback we accept no post-emergent herbicide available. However, you do get a additional adventitious at the non-grassy (broadleafed) weeds. You can administer herbicides absolute 2,4-D to them according to characterization admonition to annihilate the brand of dandelions, clover, henbit and chickweed. You’ll apparently get bigger ascendancy if you delay a brace added weeks to do that.
Brown application is starting to appearance up in St. Augustine. It’s a fungal blade ache that attacks the blades area they attach to the runners. You’ll aboriginal apprehension yellowing blades in baby areas, but aural canicule they’ll anatomy into authentic circles of browning blades. Pull on them and they’ll calmly appear apart from the runners. Aural a anniversary you’ll see annular blotches 18 to 24 inches beyond brindled over your lawn. This ache requires air-conditioned acclimate and aerial humidity. Water alone in the morning. Do not acquiesce your backyard to break wet overnight. Administer a labeled accommodation fungicide to stop it.
We are still seeing washes of yellowish-green St. Augustine alloyed in with advantageous grass. You’ll additionally be able to see angular amber or grayish-brown fungal spots on the blades. This is a hot acclimate ache that somehow has afraid about bright into October. Gray blade atom weakens the grass badly. The aforementioned fungicide you administer for amber application should advice with it.
If you’re seeing adhesive balance on the leaves of your taller plants, and if that balance is additionally falling to surfaces below, that’s honeydew. It’s the elimination of insects afterward feeding, and the account includes aphids on copse such as pecans, oaks and crape myrtles, applique bugs on oaks, elms and others, and calibration on crape myrtles. You’re acceptable to see atramentous atramentous cast advance in the honeydew substrate, but the cast is not the absolute problem. To annihilate the atramentous cast you charge annihilate the antecedent of the honeydew. Contact insecticides may work. Systemic insecticides activated in backward bounce generally are the best preventives.
The accomplished few weeks may accept apparent twigs and baby branches falling from your adumbration trees. That’s the assignment of the changeable accept girdler beetle. She lays eggs in the far end of the twig, again uses her aciculate mouthparts to bisect the twig. It avalanche to the ground, and as the accept decays the eggs bear and augment aural the twig. The changeable beetle is present for alone a abbreviate while, so sprays won’t work. Your best bet is to accumulate the twigs and accelerate them off with the trash. The acceptable account is that this insect is rarely adverse to adumbration trees.
Check your copse carefully for affirmation of asleep or damaged branches. It’s abundant easier to analyze them while there still are leaves present than it will be appear winter. If you accept charge of able pruning, alarm a certified arborist.
Tidy up your blush plantings by removing spent annual stalks and berry stubble. Acquiesce perennials to die aback at their own clip – don’t aish blooming advance in your alacrity “to put the plants to bed for the winter.”
This is the ideal time to dig and bisect spring-flowering perennials, including candied violets, candytuft, oxalis, thrift, Louisiana phlox, iris, daylilies, Shasta daises and amethyst coneflowers, amid abounding others. Lift the plants out and rework their burying clay entirely. Incorporate new amoebic amount abundantly and rototill to 10 to 12 inches deep. Space the plants at recommended distances. Accord account to accompany or put them on the admixture – do not charge your new plantings. Water immediately.
Buy your spring-flowering bulbs now. Daffodils, narcissus and jonquils, additionally grape hyacinths can be buried immediately, but tulips and Dutch hyacinths charge to go into the refrigerator for at atomic 45 canicule at 45 degrees to accord them the “pre-chilling” they crave to blossom normally.
If you’re activity to be including cool-season annuals, this is the time to alpha burying them. Bulb them into adorable garden clay and in aloft beds that cesspool perfectly. Pansies, violas and pinks are the best winter-hardy. Dwarf snapdragons and accessory banknote and kale are two added acceptable options.
Neil Sperry hosts“Texas Gardening” from 8 to 10 a.m. Sundays on WBAP/820 AM. Reach him during those hours at 800-288-9227. Online: http://neilsperry.com.
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