I don't know about you, but the dog days of summer have about done me in. Temperatures in the 90s, high humidity and almost daily thunderstorms. It really makes me look forward to the arrival of fall and cooler, fairer days. Although we don't really begin to see fall weather in southeast Louisiana until the end of October, I thought it was a good time to remind everyone about fall lawn and garden care.
Right now is the perfect time to prune your roses! Pruning roses encourages new growth and more blooms and helps to give the plant a pleasing shape. Your cuts should be at a 45 degree angle and above a bud. Don't forget to wear gloves when pruning.
St. Augustine grass usually looks a little brown and tired through the winter. The beginning of October is a great time to overseed your lawn with winter rye seeds. The seeds will need to be watered for the first week or so to ensure germination, then watch your yard become the envy of the neighborhood as it stays a beautiful, lush green through the winter.
Clean up your garden. Pull out dead/dying plants, weed thoroughly and apply a new, thick layer of mulch. This is also the time to begin to plan for next year. Do you want to add lighting? Create a new landscaping plan? Take the time to plan now and you will have it all mapped out by the time spring rolls around.
From the LSU Agricultural School, I found this list of fall flowers to plant in south Louisiana:
- Ornamental cabbage
- Camellia (shrub)
Last, but not least..... the Top 10 Mistakes in Home Landscape Design can be found at:http://landscaping.about.com/od/landscapedesignideas/tp/design_mistakes.htm.
Have a great fall!
Your West Bank Real Estate Specialist