Turf Grass if you are using plugs, solid sod, or
springs. Sow seeds if the soil temp is
Trees, especially fruit and nut trees
Warm season flowers
Warm Season Vegetables
Flowering shrubs and roses (you may have done
this earlier. If so, don’t repeat.)
Apply a high quality organic foliar
fertilizer. We suggest Garrett Juice
(instructions for mixing are here)
Apply an organic liquid fertilizer to newly
planted trees and shrubs every month.
Treat any plants that appear chlorotic (see more
about chlorosis here) greensand or the equivalent.
Innoculate any new plantings with mycorrhizal
fungi products or stimulants.
Prune spring blooming vines and shrubs
immediately after they bloom
Fall blooming perennials
Spent blooms from roses
Thin fruit trees, especially peach trees. Thin peaches to five inches apart. Plums should be 4 inches. Apples and pears thin to one fruit per
Turf – Water only when needed. Water slowly to allow maximum
Landscape and planting – the same as turf
Containers and potted plants – as needed but
include organic fertilizer with watering.
Compost tea is an excellent choice.
Garrett Juice or any of the other organic alternatives. Top dressing your potted plants with
mycorrhizal fungi is a good idea.
Pests and Diseases
Release lacewings to help control thrips.
Apply beneficial nematodes to the soil
Dust around plants with cedar flakes, hot pepper
or diatomaceous earth to control snails, slugs, and pillbugs
Release Trichogramma wasps to control
caterpillars and other pests.
Aphids – water blast plants
Mow as needed.
Raise your mower as grass thickens.
Leave the clipping to feed the soil.
Turn your compost pile
Mulch any bare soil in your landscape
Feed and water the birds
Till your soil
Scalp your yard
Spray any synthetic man-made pesticide, herbicides
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Dennis and Penny Howard have been gardening almost as long as they have been married. Both retired, Dennis from a career as a professional firefighter and Penny as a school teacher and early childhood intervention specialist, now spend their time in the garden and greenhouse, trying to keep up with their three active grandsons, and traveling. Both are active with their local Texas Master Gardeners Association