- Trees, shrubs vines, ground covers and touch perennials.
- Spring bulbs, including daffodils and grape hyacinths. Tulips and Dutch hyacinths. Cooling for 45 days at about 40° prior to planting in December is recommended by some but may not be necessary.
- Spring and summer flowering perennials, including daisies, daylilies, iris, lilies, lythrum, thrift, etc.
- Finish planting cool season spring-flowering annuals including alyssum, California and Iceland poppies, dianthus and English daisies, flowering cabbage and kale, Johnny jump ups, pansies, petunias, pinks, snapdragons.
- Finish planting cool-season grasses such as rye and fescue, also clover and vetch.
- Dwarf white clover in bare areas as needed.
- Finish planting cool season vegetable crops and herbs.
- Transplanting woody plants can start after the first frost.
- Apply ½” of compost to poorly performing turf areas.
- Bulbs, annuals, and perennials with other quality composts and other gentle, organic fertilizers.
- Indoor plants with compost, coffee grounds and other low-odor, gentle organic fertilizers.
- Spray Garrett Juice Plus and drench plant roots with Garrett Juice Plus and Bio S.I.
- Cool season grasses and other growing plants with organic fertilizer at ½ rates.
- Remove all vines from trees, limbs, trunks and root flares.
- Remove ground covers, grasses and soils from the bases of trees.
- Begin major tree pruning if needed. Protect the branch collars by never making flush cuts. Remove dead limbs if possible before leaves fall. Do not over prune. Wound dressings are unnecessary.
- Pick-prune shrubs to remove longest shoots, if needed. Lightly sheer unruly plants. Do not do major pruning until late winter.
- Remove spent blooms on annuals and perennials or leave the seed heads on flowering plants for the birds.
- Cut off tops of brown perennials. Remove spent annuals but leave roots in the soil.
- All planting areas at least once if no rain. Add 1 tablespoon - 1 ounce of apple cider vinegar to each gallon of water used on indoor and outdoor potted plants - as often as possible.
- INSECTS: Check the roots of removed annuals and other plants for nematodes (knots on the roots). Treat infected soil with bio-stimulants, molasses, compost and/or citrus pulp.
- Check house plants for spider mites, scale and aphids. Apply whole ground cornmeal or dry granulated garlic to the soil. Spray as needed with Garrett Juice and mild soap products such as Plant Wash and seaweed products. Use plant oils and light weight horticultural oils as a last resort.
- Check house plants for spider mites, scale and aphids. Apply horticultural cornmeal or dry granulated garlic to the soil. Spray as needed with Garrett Juice and mild soap products such as Plant Wash and seaweed products. Use plant oils and light weight horticultural oils as a last resort.
- DISEASES: If brown patch disease is still showing in turf, treat with whole ground cornmeal and drench with garlic tea if the problem persists.
- Applying dry granulated garlic has also proven to be effective. Spraying Plant Wash is also effective.
- Pick tomatoes the day before the first freeze. Let them ripen indoors.
- Put spent annuals and other vegetative matter into the compost piles. Mulch fallen leaves into the turf. Put excesses in beds or in the compost pile.
- Add native tree trimmings mulch to cover all bare soil. Do not till or plow once healthy soil has been developed in the vegetable garden.
- Mulch all bare ornamental beds for winter protection.
- Turn compost piles as time allows.
- Feed and water the birds!
* Planting recommendations based on North Texas climate which is Zone 8. Check with your local garden centers and extension services for specific varieties and timing in your area.