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- Watch for brown patch in your lawn. Brown patch is characterized by circular brown areas. This fungus is triggered by cool nights and warm days. To cure, treat with Ferti-lome F-Stop or cornmeal with molasses for an organic solution to lawn fungus problems.
- Now is the time to “winterize” the lawn for fall. October is a great month to fertilize with NitroPhos Fall Special fertilizer. It builds strong roots making the lawn much stronger. The organic solution would be to apply San Jacinto Environmental Fall Gro.
- Check the undersides of Camellias for tea scale and spray with All Seasons Oil if required.
- Check soil pH of azaleas. If the pH is above 5.5 or the leaves are yellowing or showing signs of chlorosis, side dress with greensand.
- Plant spring naturalizing bulbs.
- Most houseplants which have been enjoying the out of doors should be brought inside because frost/freezes could hit by the end of the month.
- Plant trees and shrubs now and in November. These plants are sensitive to water requirements. Consider using a soaker hose or ooze tube to sustain water needs on only newly planted trees and shrubs.Trees and shrubs will have winter to establish their roots and be ready to take off in the spring. Treat the roots with Carl Pool Root Activator for best results.
- This is a great time for mulching all plants, shrubs and trees. Plants which are mulched 3 to 4 inches deep have less weed problems and do not need watering as often. Plus mulching helps to moderate extreme temperatures in the plant’s root zone. Be careful not to place mulch too close to the base of trees and shrubs.
- Plant bluebonnets and wild flower seed now for spring flowers.