Early Fall is a time we always are “blessed” with lots of caterpillar/worm activity-we all enjoy the beautiful butterfly, but their offspring can cause a problem or two. Plants like young vegetables, geraniums, and the like have always been a host for worms and we expect to deal with them in various ways. Who’d have thunk that some of our hardiest low water use landscape shrubs would now be the meal for hungry metamorphics? Tecoma varieties (yellow bells, orange jubillees) bougainvilleas and perhaps others have come under attack from a caterpillar that we’re not sure even what to name? The good news is: these plants are vigerous and will recover quickly unlike young vegetable plants, and we have lots of very safe and effective controls for the pest. Thuricide aka B.T. or Dipel has been around a long time and is very effective, the newbie on the block is Spinosad. It is a natural dirivitive and is very effective on a wide range of plant pests. Of course some of the old stand byes like Carbaryl aka Sevin is also effective. So as they say without the gardener there is no garden-get out there and look around you never know who you might run into!
Fall Is For Planting
tables filling up with newly arrived geraniums,foxglove,petunias,bacopa and more!!
Now is the time to plant almost anything here in the desert. From shade trees to veggies, the cool nights and warm days plus warm soil temps make establishing plants much easier than any other time of year-Here is what you should be starting to plant now:
Cool season vegetables(leafy plants, root crops and the like)
Cool season flowering annuals and bedding plants ( alyssum,petunias,geraniums,snaps,marikgolds,calendulas and more arriving every week)
Trees, shrubs and ground covers-get almost a year head start over planting in the spring due to the conditions mentioned above!
Garlic and onion sets
Winter lawns-start the lowering scalping process sow you can be ready to plant by the 15th of October
Other fall Garden Activities
apply pre emergent herbicides to cut down on winter weeds
fertilize lawns that will not be overseeded to keep them healthy thru the winter months
fertilize existing vegetables and flower beds to keep them growing fast, the last thing you want annuals to do is slow down
prune lightly and groom rose bushes, then feed them for fabulous fall growth
divide iris rhizomes
hurry and fertilize citrus and frost sensitive plants for the last time, you don’t want to push a lot of new growth now but they may need some recovery from heat and or pests
control existing weeds before they go to seed, many will try and bloom and go to seed this time of year
onion and garlic sets have arrived
Now is the time we’re beginning to realize why we endured another summer! Get out and enjoy your garden. If it is not as enjoyable as you’d like-we can help. Garden and landscape remodeling is our specialty!!
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