- Continue to monitor the mulch around your plants.
- Cut back on watering as temperatures decrease.
- Fertilize your flowering plants with a high phosphorous fertilizer.
- Dead head (remove spent flowers) to encourage new blooms.
- For Bermuda lawns, water at least 1 inch per week.
- Re-seed over existing cool season lawns.
Insects and Diseases
- Continue to check for bores, slugs and snails and treat accordingly.
- Continue to treat for bores on trees.
- Watch out for aphids, spider mites, caterpillars and other insects that can affect your garden.
- Harvest and roast your green chile.
- Continue to clean fruits and vegetables regularly.
- Remove any vegetable plants that have stopped producing to reduce the chance of disease or insects.
- Garlic and onions are ready when their tops start to bend over. Remove their tops after they have dried and store in a cool place.
- Plant cool season vegetables such as broccoli, lettuce and kale.
- Prune summer flowering shrubs.
- Continue to remove weeds by pulling them or spraying with appropriate herbicides. Don’t let them go to seed.
- Continue to dead head your flowers.
- Re-set sprinkler timers.
- This is the best time to plant perennials, trees and shrubs to give them the greatest chance to get established before spring winds kick in.
- Plant your spring flowering bulbs. Use Dutch Bulb Food to give them a boost for years to come.
- Start thinking about bringing in any house plants to avoid frost. Also a good time to take out any house plants that may need one last shower before old man winter moves in.
- Harvest continues …