To Do in Your Garden
- FERTILIZE: Feed chrysanthemums every 2-3 weeks until buds appear, then weekly until buds show color. Fertilize roses, gardenias and magnolias.
- WATER: Water trees and shrubs deeply and slowly.
- DIVIDE: Transplant after dividing: Amaryllises, Callas, Cannas, Daylilies, Irises, Liriope, Wood Ferns.
- SOIL: Test soil every three years to help plan fertilizer applications. Start a compost pile with fall leaves and yard debris; shred with lawnmower. Replenish mulch in beds.
- LAWN CARE: Watch for brown patch in St. Augustine turf as temperatures cool. Lawns with a history of the disease should be sprayed in late month and again in three weeks with Terraclor or Daconil. Early morning is the best time to water lawns. Mow every 5-7 days, leaving the clippings on the lawn.
- DISEASES / PESTS TO LOOK FOR: Watch roses for blackspot and mildew. Fall webworms are easiest to control when treated early with Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt).
- PRUNE: Remove dead and damaged wood from shrubs and trees. Lightly prune pyracanthas so berries will show.