- Do you water shrubs and large rose bushes at the dripline, the same as is recommended for trees?
- White boneset, Ageratina havansis
To Do in Your Garden
- FERTILIZE: Fertilize existing beds of iris with well-rotted manure or balanced fertilizer. Reduce houseplant fertilizer by 1/2 for winter.
- WATER: Water areas as needed.
- TRANSPLANT: Divide and transplant crowded perennials. Dig and store caladlum bulbs. Dust with fungicide.
- PREPARE SOIL: Mulch gingers and other tropicals that overwinter outdoors to retain warmth and moisture and to control weeds. Falling leaves make autumn a good time to start a compost pile. Shred (or mow) leaves to speed decomposition. Turn compost pile periodically and keep it moist.
- LAWN CARE: Fertilize with 3-1-2 ratio fertilizer. In newly-plugged lawns, sow 8 lbs. of ryegrass per 1,000 sq. ft. to help hold soil. The seed grass will make a bright green carpet until spring, when hot weather will kill rye. Not recommended for established lawns. Mow every 5-7 days and leave the clippings on the lawn.
- DISEASES/PESTS TO LOOK FOR: Check for cabbage loopers in the garden; spray with Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). Make second treatment for brown patch on lawns with a history of the disease.
- PRUNE: Prune shrubs as needed, but save major pruning for the winter. Remove dead and damaged wood from shrubs and trees. Make cuttings of tender plants before frost.