Time to plant (if your soil is ready) cool season vegetable seeds and starts-If you want hands on instruction we are holding classes in Mesa and Scottsdale this Saturday 9/22 on “continuing your fall garden”
Start lowering your mowing heights in preparation for Fall overseeding of Winter Ryegrass Lawns-this should take place over the next 2-3 weeks so that around October 15th you are ready to apply seed. If you do this over the next few weeks it is easier on you and your lawn vs. doing it all at once.
If you’re not planning on a winter lawn: fertilize and apply pre emergent herbicides to prevent winter weeds!
Planting trees,shrubs,and vines: now is one of the best times to establish landscape plants. Fall planting takes advantage of warm soils and cool nights. The plants are less stressed and the roots are able to establish with the warm soils. It is like “jump starting” a plant come spring.
Control weeds before they go to seed. Warm season weeds will begin to mature and go to seed, eliminate them before that happens. Use mulch to cover bare ground to prevent weeds and improve looks!!
Watch for caterpillars on Tecoma varieties-yellow bells, orange jubilee,etc. The are fast workers and in a matter of days have defoliated your plant. Use Thuricide or Spinosad for best results. We have a mature plant at our Mesa location that was fine a week ago and yesterday did not have one leaf on it! Worms and or caterpillars along with white fly,mites, and others are very active on young or established vegetable plants as well, keep a watch out and control as necessary. One of the best insect controls is to keep weeds to a minimum as they harbor insects.
Don’t be alarmed by citrus fruit splitting. As fruit begins to size up some fruits that were overexposed this summer may crack and burst open and fall off. It is usually a small percentage of the fruit and there is nothing that can be done now anyway.
Evaluate the performance of your landscape: How did it fare this summer? Perhaps there are better choices for that particular spot? We can help this process if you’d like. Our landscape design team can come out and help you determine how you can improve your outdoor living space, curb appeal, etc. Just in time to enjoy the upcoming season when we’d like to be outside more-enjoy it more! Give us a call today.
Enjoy locally grown produce-visit a farmer’s market (we even have one again at our Scottsdale location) now is the time when desert farmers have certain things and the higher elevation growers gardens are at their peak. We are getting beautiful tomatoes,peppers,and more from a grower in Chino Valley! Just in time because most of our gardens are gone and being replanted with fall and winter crops!
new arrivals from Chino Valley
Be sure to attend our “make it easy” garden classes this Saturday: Mesa at 9am and Scottsdale at 10. Our goal is to make your gardening experience less intimidating,easier,and more successful. It is supposed to be fun-let’s make it that way!!