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There are many choices for fall/winter beds in the Houston area.
Now is the perfect time to remove tired summer perennials, add some rich new organic matter, and some Fall color to your beds.
Behind those garbage piles yet to be picked up are gardens begging for love:) The beautiful thing is – right now is the perfect time!
Rinsing all plants, shrubs, and trees, and adding some good organic compost, can help the plants and soil recover from all of the pollutants in the flood waters – the soil has its own clean up happening at the root level.
Our lawns are taking a beating from the garbage piles and garbage removal – don’t worry!!!! That grass is tough:)…under the surface the roots and rhizomes are working. Treat your lawn to a nice fall fertilizer when the weather cools a bit, continue healthy irrigation habits, let it work under the surface, keep it trimmed up, and watch it come back stronger than ever in the Spring:)
Nice tips from a garden enthusiast:
Floods and long-standing water can devastate a garden. A remediation plan is the path to restoring health to your garden.
Many of us look at a garden as one thing – when in fact each individual plant within the garden has its own personality. For instance, I have a passion vine that reminds me of a rebellious teenager;) no matter how I try to train it it has a mind of its own and does the complete opposite (LOL-many of us can relate).
Here is the challenge – take a stroll through your garden. Whether it is with your coffee in the morning or your wine in the evening, get to know the individuals in your garden – you’ll be surprised at what you will learn about them;)
Feel free to introduce us to the individuals in your garden in the comments.
The perfect summer treat when it’s hot outside? Ice cream! In honor of #CreativeIceCreamFlavorsDay, we have a challenge for you 🍦 If your son or daughter could invent a new flavor of ice cream, what would it be and why?
The temperatures in the Houston area are steadily rising – Summer is in full swing!
The best time to water our lawns is in the early morning hours, between 5am-9am. This is best because the risk of evaporation (mid day and afternoon watering risk) and of fungal infection (night time watering risk) is lowest. Watering early in the morning gives the water a chance to reach the roots and perform its magic:)
As for how often – this is a tricky question. The amount of watering depends on the health of your soil. Clay and sandy soils need watering a little more often because they dry out faster. A basic rule of thumb for established lawns – when temps are at or above 85-90 degrees, water every 2-3 days about 1.5 inches. NOTE: don’t forget about your trees and shrubs whose roots run deeper – do a deep watering (with a hose) directly to the roots of large trees once a month or so during the summer.