Red Barn Garden CenterAustin Proud/Texas Friendly
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It is the time to plant hot-weather perennials and enjoy blooms all summer. Some that thrive in our Central Texas heat: Yellow Bells Esperanza, Pride of Barbados, Firebush, Hardy Hibiscus, Lantana, Katie’s Dwarf Ruellia, Plumbago, Mexican Bush Sage, Salvia Greggii, and Thryallis, to name just a few. Most of these perennials have color, even during the heat of summer!

Don’t forget the Root Stimulator, Seaweed, or Superthrive to get the root system established faster. Next is proper compost and mulch to give your plants a boost and save water.

Actively growing plants need food to stay healthy and vigorous. Continue to fertilize blooming annuals and perennials through the summer time. Red Barn carries several organic and natural fertilizers.

Plant warm season annuals such as Vinca, Penta, Zinnia, and Moss Rose to name a few for annual color in beds. 

May Tips

Knock Out Roses are still performing great.  Feed your blooming plants with Rose Glo or Buds and Blooms to keep them beautiful. Why give Mom a dozen roses when you can give her hundred from her own rose bush?

Practice water conservation – always water plants deeply and you will need to water less frequently.  Trees especially need deep watering.  The biggest mistake people make is lightly watering the ground under their trees and expecting this to help the tree survive a long, hot Texas summer!  Remember, the deeper you water, the less often you will have to water. We carry mycorrhizae and other beneficial microbes to build a bigger, deeper root system.

With the high humidity, fungus has become an issue. We carry many natural and organic Fungicides that are both safe and efficient including a new systemic fungicide from Organicide called Plant Doctor. Visit Red Barn for more information.

MULCH, MULCH, MULCH!!! Another key component of your water conservation program should be applying a 2’-3’ or more layer of mulch over all bare soil areas. Keep the mulch pulled back from plant stems and trunks to prevent swelling and insects.   

Unfortunately, we will probably see large pest populations this summer. Spider mites are already being seen on stressed plants. Also be on the lookout for grubs and fire ants and expect chinch bugs to make an appearance when the weather gets hot. Red Barn carries many natural and safe products to control insects including Bonide, Monterey, Micro Life, and others.  Try Beneficial Nematodes for an organic approach to control fleas, ticks, grubs, fire ants, and more. Go Green with Red Barn. Ask us for help!!! 

Please stop by Red Barn Garden Center at 12881 Pond Springs Road and let us help you with all your gardening needs. Austin Proud/Texas Friendly. We’ll even help you load your car!