Gardeners’ Dirt: Prepare your garden for whatever the weather brings | Home And Garden

With the switching climate pattern extremes of the last few of many years, it is much more vital than ever to be prepared for whatever the time brings. Choose observe of what vegetation in your back garden want interest, replanting or removal. Pruning of dry useless strategies can be completed now, but hold out right up until the sap has fallen to do comprehensive pruning.

Plant trees and shrubs now

We have in no way knowledgeable the freezing temperatures that we experienced with the five-working day hard freeze in February this calendar year. It was devastating to our landscapes. Glance all over town and notice which trees survived and which did not. Now is the time to plant trees and shrubs so they can place down deep root devices through wintertime and be solid in advance of spring. Maintain in thoughts the mature peak and form of the trees you opt for and plant them the suitable length from buildings, especially overhead wiring. With so minor precipitation this summer time, water very well and deeply ahead of and immediately after planting.

Contemplate alternative vegetation that are of the Texas Celebrity classification. They are beautiful natives that deal properly with our adverse circumstances. They have confirmed hardy and tolerant of our area’s weather and are condition- and insect-resistant. The Superstars were the first crops in my landscape that completely recovered from the freeze. My Texas star hibiscus, plumbago, esperanza, star jasmine and the firebush shrub have appear back nicely from the roots. Go to or for a full checklist and descriptions of Texas Superstars.

Lawn care

“Doug Welsh’s Texas Backyard Almanac” says that the usual date for slide fertilization of lawns is Oct. 30 for our place. By then, progress has slowed and mowing is only wanted about each two weeks. Tumble fertilizers need to be large in nitrogen and potassium and lower in phosphorus (2-1-2 or 1–1). All of your crops will advantage from a good h2o-soluble fertilizer as wintertime strategies.


To hold humidity and warmth in the soil all over roots, deep mulching is critical. It also retains weeds from germinating. To keep vegetation guarded, mulch 3 to 4 inches deep all around freshly planted trees and in flowerbeds. Mulch supplies split down and increase required nutrition to the soil. There are several colours and sorts of mulch out there.


When cleansing up leaves and yard particles, don’t forget that it contains vitamins and minerals and fiber the soil needs to swap. Mowing above fallen leaves breaks them down for more rapidly decomposition into the soil. Leaves can also be applied for mulch, or included to a composter if you use 1. Test to use them if you can and not bag them up for elimination.

Slide vegetable gardening

If you have not began a fall vegetable backyard garden, it is not as well late to start them from seed. Put together your soil, plant and h2o regularly till set up. Examine your crops everyday for signs of injury or existence of pests. The gardener’s eyes are the ideal avoidance. Use advised pesticides when required, but adhere to instructions pretty carefully, primarily on deliver around completely ready for harvest.

Care of the wildlife

A several hummingbirds are neighborhood citizens, even while the masses have or will before long keep on on their way to Mexico. If you can, preserve at the very least 1 feeder fresh new for the locals. For other birds, a continual provide of fresh new drinking water is wanted. It is important to keep birdbaths and dishes of drinking water clear and full.

On a closing notice — be absolutely sure to have those frost covers completely ready. These days, one particular never understands when that 1st frost or freeze will strike. Be well prepared.

The Gardeners’ Dirt is created by customers of the Victoria County Grasp ardener Affiliation, an instructional outreach of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension – Victoria County. Mail your issues in treatment of the Advocate, P.O. Box 1518, Victoria, TX 77901 or [email protected], or remark on this column at