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 catalogs 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.

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

Do not forget to water your trees and any perennials you planted this year, even drought tolerant and native plants take time to establish themselves.

September is almost the end of summer. This Snow on the Mountain has started blooming 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 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.