- Maintain irrigation systems.
- New plantings will require daily watering for 2 weeks then more than usual the first year.
- Use mulches to retain moisture
- Begin cutting back on watering of the garden and lawn (except newly seeded areas) so that plants can prepare for dormancy (not growth).
- Regularly water houseplants. Do not let houseplants dry out.
- Fertilize house plants with a good water soluble fertilizer.
- Fertilize trees and shrubs with SuperGreen.
- Fertilize container gardens with BR-61 or Bloom Max weekly for continuous flowering through the summer.
- Fertilize all new plantings with Bonide Root and Grow
- Fertilize your lawn. Lawns fertilized in the fall are better equipped to survive the winter. Reseed in bare patches.
- Use only phosphate fertilizers on perennials and bulbs (no nitrogen).
- Do not fertilize annuals
Yard and Garden
- Seed warm season lawns with native grass seed mixes such as Buffalo or Blue Grama
- Refresh or plant your container gardens with annual flowering plants.
- Mow established lawns weekly.
- Remove spent flower blossoms from Roses and flowering plants as needed; this may encourage new blooms in September
- Apply Bonide pre-emergent to lawns and ornamental beds to prevent weed seed germination.
- Kill weeds with various Bonide herbicides or pull weeds.
- Prune spring flowering shrubs shortly after blooming in late spring or early summer.
- Plant fruit trees: Apple, Apricot, Cherry, Pecan, Plum, Pear, Pomegranate.
- Plant ornamental grasses for a spectacular fall showing.
- Plant shrubs and vines.
- Plant annual bedding plants.
- Plant perennials.
- Plant native plants.
- Renew mulches as necessary.
- Take houseplants outside and place in a shady, protected area. This is a great time to shower the dust off the leaves, leach out the soil and fertilize.
- Remove old vegetable plants that have stopped producing; this will help eliminate pests and diseases from your garden.
- Start your fall vegetable garden by planting broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Chinese cabbage, carrots, collards, lettuce, and other cool-season vegetables that will winter over.
- Divide and transplant iris, peonies, and other spring blooms as they go dormant.
- Order spring-blooming bulbs
- Pick your annuals and perennials frequently to encourage more flower production.
- Plant spring wildflowers now.
- Plant spring-blooming bulbs as soon as you get them
- Plant cool-season annuals, such as pansies and snapdragons, when the temperature begins to decrease
- Plant any perennials, Divide and replace overcrowded perennial beds. Remember to apply a layer of organic matter to the new bed.
- Cut back annuals when they finish flowering
- Plan to seed cool-season lawns, such as bluegrass or ryegrass, towards the end of the month.
Insects and Diseases
- Apply Bonide Tree and Shrub after flowering to protect our bees. Do not use on any edibles.
- Check for pinon needle scale and spray with malathion if you see them.
- Spray Bonide Fruit Tree Spray and Plant Guard to control insects and diseases.
- Apply chelated iron or soil acidifier with iron to chlorsis (yellowing leaves) prone trees and shrubs, such as maples, aspen and other non-native trees and shrubs.
- Keep an eye open for aphids, spider mites, etc and eliminate as necessary.
- Check roses and other foliage for powdery mildew.
- Use BT or Thuricide for bud worm on Petunias, Geraniums, and Horn Worms on tomatoes.
- Treat for bores on trees and fruit trees by saturating the base of trunk and the trunk itself.
- Plant squash now to avoid squash bugs!
- Plant herbs such as thyme, lavender, mints and and so many more!
- Harvest vegetables as they ripen.
- Eliminate annual weeds by applying Hi-Yield, Kill-Zall.
- Start a new compost bin.
- Inspect and repair drip irrigation and sprinkler systems as needed.
- Fruit trees are developing fruit, keep your trees hydrated and fertilize according to the label.
- Place tropical houseplants under shade trees to prepare them for winter indoors.