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

With the switching weather conditions sample extremes of the very last pair of yrs, it is far more essential than at any time to be well prepared for regardless of what the period delivers. Consider observe of what plants in your back garden need to have consideration, replanting or elimination. Pruning of dry lifeless recommendations can be finished now, but wait around until finally the sap has fallen to do intensive pruning.

Plant trees and shrubs now

We have hardly ever skilled the freezing temperatures that we experienced with the five-day hard freeze in February this year. It was devastating to our landscapes. Look all over city and take note which trees survived and which did not. Now is the time to plant trees and shrubs so they can put down deep root devices via winter and be strong just before spring. Preserve in brain the mature top and condition of the trees you opt for and plant them the ideal distance from constructions, specially overhead wiring. With so very little precipitation this summer season, water nicely and deeply before and right after planting.

Take into consideration substitution plants that are of the Texas Celebrity classification. They are eye-catching natives that deal very well with our adverse circumstances. They have established hardy and tolerant of our area’s climate and are disorder- and insect-resistant. The Superstars ended up the very first plants in my landscape that completely recovered from the freeze. My Texas star hibiscus, plumbago, esperanza, star jasmine and the firebush shrub have occur back again nicely from the roots. Go to or for a total list and descriptions of Texas Superstars.

Garden care

“Doug Welsh’s Texas Backyard garden Almanac” states that the normal date for fall fertilization of lawns is Oct. 30 for our location. By then, advancement has slowed and mowing is only needed about each two months. Tumble fertilizers really should be higher in nitrogen and potassium and reduced in phosphorus (2-1-2 or 1–1). All of your crops will gain from a fantastic h2o-soluble fertilizer as wintertime strategies.


To maintain dampness and heat in the soil around roots, deep mulching is essential. It also retains weeds from germinating. To maintain plants protected, mulch a few to four inches deep around newly planted trees and in flowerbeds. Mulch elements split down and increase required nutrition to the soil. There are several colors and kinds of mulch available.


When cleansing up leaves and backyard garden particles, keep in mind that it is made up of nutrition and fiber the soil requires to replace. Mowing above fallen leaves breaks them down for a lot quicker decomposition into the soil. Leaves can also be used for mulch, or extra to a composter if you use 1. Try out to use them if you can and not bag them up for removing.

Fall vegetable gardening

If you have not started off a tumble vegetable back garden, it is not way too late to start them from seed. Get ready your soil, plant and h2o on a regular basis till set up. Inspect your crops daily for signals of problems or presence of pests. The gardener’s eyes are the very best avoidance. Use advisable pesticides when required, but observe directions quite intently, particularly on make in close proximity to prepared for harvest.

Treatment of the wildlife

A couple of hummingbirds are community residents, even even though the masses have or will shortly continue on on their way to Mexico. If you can, preserve at minimum just one feeder new for the locals. For other birds, a continual provide of refreshing drinking water is required. It’s important to keep birdbaths and dishes of h2o clean up and full.

On a closing notice — be absolutely sure to have people frost covers all set. These times, one particular under no circumstances knows when that initial frost or freeze will hit. Be ready.

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