Tips of the Week
Watch for brown patch in St. Augustine lawns. Our nighttime temperatures are cooling off and the environment is perfect for this disease to take off. Also you need to practice good cultural controls; water only in the early morning, and mow every 5 to 7 days or more often if we're getting a lot of rainfall and the grass is growing quickly. You can use fungicides, but the grass will grow back without permanent damage. Again, if this is a constant problem, check for poor drainage and cultural issues.
Plant perennials, shrubs, and trees.
Avoid planting cool-weather plants like pansies, violas, and calendulas.
Stock up on naturalizing bulbs to plant in November.
If you want to try corn gluten as a natural weed seed preemergent, now is the time to do it. It also adds nitrogen to the lawn.
Make plans to attend the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's Fall Plant sale on October 9 & 10.
And be sure to check out the Travis County Master Gardeners' free workshops for great how-to tips.
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Question of the Week
My groundcover vinca has curled and brown leaves. What's going on?
Ginny and Buddy Jones