By Mario Villarino
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension has released its recommendations for the month of September. Above all, sustaining adequate moisture in the garden and landscape should be priority #1 for late summer and fall.
The agency recommends watering trees and shrubs by giving them at least one inch of water per week, delivered slowly, around the plants as far out as the “dripline” extends.
Rejuvenate heat-stressed geraniums and begonias for the fall season by lightly pruning, fertilizing, and watering. The agency recommends against allowing plants with green fruit or berries to suffer from lack of moisture. Hollies, for example, will frequently drop their fruit under drought conditions.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension recommended pruning out dead or diseased wood from trees and shrubs and hold off on major pruning until midwinter. Pruning now may stimulate tender growth prior to frost, according to the agency.
Divide spring-flowering perennials such as irises, Shasta daisies, gaillardias, cannas, day lilies, violets, liriope, and ajuga. Reset divisions into well prepared soil with generous amounts of organic material worked into the top 8 to 10 inches and water in thoroughly. Prepare the beds for spring-flowering bulbs as soon as possible. It is important to cultivate the soil and add generous amounts of organic matter to improve the