Start preparing your landscape for a cold to very cold winter. Record low temperatures have been recorded recently throughout the high latitudes of the northern hemisphere. Also, the Ulawun volcano
of Papua New Guinea erupted in early August sending volcanic ash into
the stratosphere. Those high elevation particles can block the sun's
energy for up to three years, exacerbating the prevailing cooling trend.
Week 1 -
Sow: Bush Snap Beans, Bok
Choy, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cilantro, Cucumber
Sow seeds of winter annuals
and wildflowers in full sun.
If your lawn is declining/dying
in patches, check for grub worms, chinch bugs or a fungal disease.
Plant perennials like Fall
Asters, Mums, Salvias for late season color.
Plant seed potatoes saved
from spring harvest.
Finish pruning shrubs to
avoid encouraging new growth which is freeze tender.
Week 2 -
Apply acidifying iron supplements
& paramagnetic minerals to Azaleas, Camellias, Dogwoods, Gardenias,
Apply pre-emergent herbicides
to control cool-season weeds.
Sycamores, Catalpas, Cottonwoods
and Mulberries with scorched, anthracnose-blighted leaves will never improve.
Please, cut them down to two inches below soil line.
IS FOR PLANTING. Plant hardy trees, shrubs, vines, groundcovers and
perennials from now until mid-December for optimal results.
Fertilize Caladium corms
once more if you intend to dig and store them in late October. Replant
Lawn mower blade height can
be lowered 1/2" to 3/4".
Sow: Kohlrabi and bush forms
of Summer Squash.
Do not be too hasty! Pansies,
Johnny-Jump-Ups & Snapdragons are not set out until after Columbus
Build a compost pile to collect
falling fall foliage.
Week 3 -
Buy bulbs for planting this
fall. Some, like Tulips, should be refrigerated until mid-December.
Transplant: Broccoli, Brussels
Sprouts, Cabbage and Cauliflower.
Dig and divide spring- and
Failure to apply pre-emergent
herbicides permits weeds to germinate.
Control Brown Patch in 'Raleigh'
St. Augustine lawns. Spray fungicides or re-sod with 'Floratam' St. Augustine
or 'El Toro' Zoysia.
Week 4 -
Make sure your younger specimens
of hybrid Crepe
Myrtles are starting to go dormant. If not, cease watering and remove
their mulch until they are leafless.
Control Pillbugs in newly-germinated
Still time to sow wildflowers
in your landscape, as well as waste places near where you live or work.
Check the structural integrity
of planters or half whiskey barrels before planting winter annuals.