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End of Summer Gardening

What a long hot summer!! Hopefully your plants are still alive. Read on for a few tips from Dr. Larry Stein from Texas A&M Agrilife Extension.


Continue to  maintain good water for ornamentals and summer blooming plants. Evaluate the volume of water delivered from lawn sprinklers to ensure healthy stress free grass during the heat of the summer.

Shear and Prune

Shear roses for fall bloom; prune out dead canes and weak bushy growth. After pruning apply fertilizer and water thoroughly. Shear perennial shrubs for more growth. Trim off faded flowers on vitex and crape myrtles

Prune out dead or diseased wood from trees and shrubs. Hold off on any major pruning from now until mid winter.

Maintaining Production

Now is a good time to do a later summer assessment of what is thriving, struggling or needs to be removed. 

Pick okra, peas and peppers often to maintain production.

More tips can be found at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

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