Fall is a great time of year for the garden! It is slowly but surely starting to cool down. With the cooler weather coming in, our plants can finally stop stressing and now we can start planting so much more!
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With all the rain and the hot weather, we have noticed a few common concerns for plants. One being a moss/algae looking fungus that grows along the stem of plants called Lichens. Believe it or not this fungus is actually not causing your plant any harm. Your plant is most likely declining for other reasons and this fungus is able to grow with sudden sun light and moisture getting to the branches. Inspect the underside of your leaves for insects and make sure your are providing the proper amount of water.
Another common problem we have had customers bring in is an insect called Leafminor. It is a small worm that gets imbedded into the leaf of a plant. It then tunnels through sucking juices out of the leaves. This causes the leaves to curl and look misshapen. It does not cause harm to the plant but it does make your plant look bad. It can be treated safely. We sell an organic product from Natural Guard called Spinosad.
A lot of customers are just now getting back in the garden now that the fall weather is coming. You may start noticing (especially on your Crape Myrtles) a black moldy looking substance on the leaves of your plants. This is residue that is left from insects. An insect (most likely aphids, scale or mealy bugs) has been chewing and sucking juices out of the leaves and it is leaving behind a honey-due secretion that dirt and pollution stick to, causing the black moldy looking stuff. You will need an insecticide to treat for the insects. You can either wait on time and weather for the black stuff to disappear or you can wash it off by hand, it comes right off. You can also use the Natural Guard Spinosad for this problem as well. It is safe and effective!
|Lichens on a Citrus Tree Branch
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Now is the time to do a last of the year feeding on your acidic-loving plants like azalea, camellias, hollies, gardenias, etc. We recommend Espoma Brand Holly Tone. It's an organic fertilizer containing Bio Tone, a great additive to help plants get established and protect against disease and insects!
We are coming to the end of growing season. We can now you can go ahead and do some trimming. Anything but Azaleas and Camellias looking leggy, go ahead and trim it back.
VEGGIES & HERBS:
Now is the time to start planting you Fall Veggie and Herb Garden!
Veggies we can plant this time of year:
Beans, Lima Beans,
Tomatoes, Watermelons, Beets
Find a location, amend the soil, plant, water, feed and harvest! Feel free to ask us questions, stop by, call or email.
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IN THE LAWN:
If you forgot the September feeding or have been waiting to apply a weed-and-feed product, now is the time. If you are applying any of these products to a bahiagrass lawn, do it soon, as the grass will soon slow growth. Bermuda lawns are also ready for a nitrogen-only feeding. Water after feeding.
Keep up the mowing. The grass will not stop producing new growth until the weather really gets cool. You can expect to mow most coarse turf types at least once a week and the finer-bladed types twice a week.
Check you lawnmower blade.
It is getting drier, but there will be periods of downpours. Water whenever spots in the lawn start to dry and fold their leaf blades. Let the lawn tell you when it is dry. When yellowing occurs due to flooding, try an iron application to renew the green.
Some pests will be slowing down this time of year. Most leaf spotting of St. Augustine grass lawns is over when the nights become a little cooler and the rainy season ends. "Take-All Root Rot" decreases with the end of frequent rains. But there are a few pests that linger, chinch bugs, lawn caterpillars, and mole crickets. This is also a time when you can apply some of the selective weed-control products. Follow label instructions.
THINGS IN BLOOM:
Allamanda, Pentas, Salvia, Angelonia, Firebush, Mums, Ixora, Thryallis, Sweet Almond Bush, Oleander, Muhly Grass, Zinnias, Marigolds, Bush Daisy, Portereed, Milkweed, Mexican Petunia, Tibouchina just to name a few! Fall is almost as good as spring for beautiful plants in bloom!
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Pansy, Viola, Snapdragon, Allysum, Lobelia.
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