Hi folks welcome to “The Phil The Gardener Show”
In this episode we are going to continue to give you some more “To Do s”
Fertilizing Your Trees and Shrubs
You shouldn’t fertilize your trees and shrubs at this time. Like pruning, fertilizing acts as a stimulus and you should wait until autumn is really here. You can start fertilizing your shrubs and trees in late September or early October. At that time the soil temperature is still warm and the roots are still growing, but the weather is cool enough to not encourage massive top growth.
If you’re mulching to cover your perennials don’t start yet. It can be great for protecting them from the freezes, but you need to wait until you have a couple of cold snaps. I know you say freezes Ha! it is still hot, but never you fear, the cold is coming.
In some parts of the country where young shrubs and young trees need the roots protected from the heat, you can put down what we call a top dressing or a bark mulch. This will protect the shallow roots from the sun and it helps to conserve moisture, keeps the weeds and grass from germinating also. A couple inches of bark mulch, or three to 4 inches of oak leaves, pine straw, pine bark, or leaf mold will help in your quest to grow healthy plants.
Japanese Beetles and White Grubs
The optimal time to control White Grubs and Japanese Beetles is late August or early September. Use a soil insecticide, while the slugs are still small and close to the surface. You can use diazinon, if you can get it in your part of the country. Diazinon must be watered in well. If Diazinon is not available check with your local garden shop or write to me and I’ll see what is available for you to use.
Plan for your bulbs.
Go ahead and add some compost or leaf mold into your soil of the beds now to prepare for planting bulbs in October.
Order your spring flowering bulbs for fall planting now.
You can order Dutch Iris, Daffodils, Narcissus, Amaryllis, Tulips, and Hyacinth.
Cool Season Vegetables
Plant some cool season vegetables like broccoli, brussels, sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, beet, lettuce, spinach, potatoes, radishes, and English peas.
Plant mums for September bloom and fall color.
Plant asters, Celosia, Marigolds, and Zinnia to replace any faded annuals you’ve got.
For planting flower seeds you could plant Calendula, Columbine, English Daisy, Forget-me-not, Pansies, Violets, and Sweet Williams.
Schedule a two week feeding for your mums with a complete fertilizer and make sure you water them thoroughly until the buds show color.
Check your acid loving plants like Azalea, Camellias, and Gardenias if they’re showing any signs of chlorosis, which would be a yellowing of the leaves. Giving them a treatment of iron chelate should help them to regain their color.
Give your lawn about 1 inch of water a week and cut the grass a little higher at two and a half to three inches high. This helps to shade the roots and preserve moisture. If you can, use a mulching mower and spread the clippings on your lawn. If possible mow a little more frequently.
Now I have given you some more tips for your gardens, it’s your turn to git ‘er done!