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Red Barn Garden Center


October
Gardening
Guide

Fall is the ideal time to plant trees and shrubs.  Roots have time to establish before next summer’s heat and the plant will be subject to less stress if planted at this time of year. 

Mulch your beds and around trees for moisture retention and winter protection. Do not forget to water when dry weather is upon us.

Fall lawn care is very important.   Ladybug Fertilizer (8-2-4), Medina Fertilizer (4-2-3), and Texas Tee Fertilizer (6-2-4) are three organic options for fall fertilization.  This is the time to put down a pre-emergent.  Corn Gluten can be used as an organic pre-emergent weed control in lawns.  If applied now, it will prevent winter annual weeds from emerging for 90 days.  The nitrogen in Corn Gluten Meal also provides a small amount of fertilizer for the lawn. Other pre-emergent products are available.  Top Dressing your lawn with a ¼ to ½ inch layer of compost is recommended to ad nutrients and strengthens your soil and lawn.  Ask one of our knowledgeable associates for a recommendation.

 

Have a beautiful bed or container with fall blooming Annuals. 

Choose from:

            Pansies – bloom all fall, winter, and early spring.  Pansies love blood meal.

            Violas – blooms fall through spring.  Violas perform well in Texas heat.     

Mums – great fall color.  Mums love bone meal.

            Marigolds – longer bloom period than Mums, but available in same colors

            Dianthus – some will bloom all winter if weather not severe

            Lobelia – gorgeous blue color, prefers cool weather

            Alyssum – extremely fragrant – survives winter unless hard freeze

            Snapdragons – plant now for earliest spring bloom

            Petunias – light-frost tolerant

Ornamental Cabbage and Kale – Keeps going all season.

Swiss Chard – Keeps great color all season

Calendula -  Great all season color.

Cyclamen – Beautiful Winter Shade color.

Don’t forget to fertilize at least once a month to keep them blooming and beautiful.

 

Get your fall vegetable garden going if you don’t already have one.  Shallots, Edible Kale, Garlic, Broccoli, Collards, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chives, Spinach and more are available now.   Red Barn carries a great variety vegetables and herbs.  Onion sets will be here mid to late November. Drop by and get a planting guide or more information.

October is also time to plant Bluebonnet seeds and Wildflower Seeds for beautiful spring color. 

Fall is also an excellent season for Roses.  Many roses put on another flush of blooms now and it is also a good time to plant roses.  Try a Drift Rose for a trailing effect or for cascading over pots. The star of the rose world, Knock Out Rose, is available now in single and red, light pink, white, and yellow.  This rose is virtually disease resistant and blooms almost continuously through the season.  Knock Out Rose has been named an EarthKind rose by Texas A&M horticulturists and now has also been designated as a Texas Superstar.

Oh, don’t forget. Fall is a great time for planting trees and shrubs.  Fruit trees too.  This gives them time to set root, acclimate, and be ready for spring and summer.

Visit our Special Events page for information on our Pumpkinfest (Oct. 18, 10-4), and other great events.

If you have any other further gardening needs or questions, please visit Red Barn Garden Center at 12881 Pond Springs Road or call 512-335-8093 and let one of our experienced nursery professionals help you. We appreciate your business. We are locally owned and operated.

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