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 

August is the time to keep cool, drink lots of liquids, and water your lawn and plants.  

August is usually our hottest and driest month and will stress your plants and they can use a good drink. It’s a good time to look through your plant and seed catalogues and order your fall bulbs
Wait until it cools off to plant any shrubs, trees or flowers. 

It is also a good time to plan and plant some of your fall garden vegetables in early August and enjoy all the Pride of Barbados and the butterflies they attract.

Look at the plants that bloom this summer and plant heat loving drought tolerant perennials this fall when it cools off. These plants will bring color to next year’s summer garden.

July thru January is the best time to prune live oak and red oak trees and avoid oak wilt.

Be sure to disinfect your tools before you start and each time you prune a different tree. This will make sure you do not spread oak wilt from an infected tree to a healthy one.   A nine parts water to one part bleach solution works well.

Do not plant any new trees or shrubs until the temperature cools down in the fall.
All newly planted trees should be watered once a week for a minimum of one year after planting. Trees take several years to become established and are more vulnerable to drought during that time.

Keep you and your plants watered during the hot Texas summer. Even hardy coneflowers plants need some water during the hot dry Texas summer weather. 

Be careful when you use  insecticides on your plants. Some of those caterpillars you may be trying to kill may turn into butterflies.

June is the time to enjoy all the late wildflowers. They are late blooming this year due to the freeze.

It is also time to feed your roses, vegetables and flowers. They all need a little nitrogen to grow and bloom.
We need to build up our soil so it can feed our plants. Try applying a layer of compost and then three inches of mulch.

We can promote deeper roots by cutting our lawns higher. Remember to only cut off one third of the height of your grass at each cutting. 

Cut your Bermuda grass at about an inch and a half, Buffalo grass and St Augustine at two and a half inches, and Zoysia at one inch. 

Healthy deep roots can also be encouraged by watering deeper and less often.