Monthly Garden Tips

Yantis Lakeside Gardens

Living and Gardening in the

Beautiful Texas Hill Country

Monthly Garden Tips from Sheryl's Garden

Photographs by Robert and Sheryl Yantis     

September is almost the end of summer. This Pride of Barbados has been blooming all summer and will continue flowering until the first freeze.
As soon as it starts to cool off, it is time to divide your daylilies and irises.
It is time to fertilize your roses for the last time this year.  The last two weeks of September and the first week of October is the best time to fertilize your lawn.
This is also the best time of the year to save seeds from your favorite plants to plant next spring.  Pick the ripe seeds and dry them on a paper towel.  When they are dry put the seeds in a jar or paper bag with the label showing what they are and when you picked them.  Remember that seeds from hybrid plants will not produce plants that look like their parents.

October is usually the beginning of fall in Central Texas.  The white boneset start to bloom as the temperature cools.  In October, when the Monarch Butterflies migrate to Mexico, they need nourishment and this bonset provides them with nectar. 

After a long hot summer, early this month is the time to fertilize our lawns and plants.  About ½ to 1 inch of compost works great.
Divide and replant your daylilies and irises this month and later in the month plant your spring bulbs. Late this month dig your caladium bulbs up and store them for the winter. 
Mulch, mulch, mulch.
Plant your garlic this month.  Deer don’t like the smell of garlic so plant some around your favorite plants and they probably won’t bother them.  For spring flowers, sow your wildflower seeds this month thru November.  

Fall is one of the best times of the year to garden.

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