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September Gardening Info


November is an ideal time to plant trees and shrubs.  Planting shrubs and trees with fruit nuts or berries is an excellent food source for the birds and other wildlife.  Some of the best shrubs for Central Texas are American Beautyberry, Agarita, Burford Holly, Possumhaw Holly, Yaupon Holly, Cherry Laurel, Pyracantha, Leatherleaf Mahonia, and Nandina.  Plant shrubs and trees now to give them a chance to establish before the next hot summer.
There is still time to plant Pansies, Violas, Snapdragons, Cyclamen,  Alyssum,  Dianthus, Kale and others for great winter color. Visit our store for a variety of colors and sizes.  
You still have a little time to plant Shallots, Mustard Greens, and Lettuce among other fall vegetables.  Transplants are still available at our nursery.  Onion sets and Leeks will be available soon. Seed Potatoes will be available in January and early February

November is a good time to plant bulbs. Plant Amaryllis Bulbs into pots using a well-drained potting soil. Allow 1 inch clearance form bulb to pot. Make sure the bulbs neck is above the soil surface. Place in a sunny window keeping soil evenly moist and rotate 1/2 turn every few days to keep stalk growing straight. Flowers will appear between Dec. and early January. Paper White Narcissus may be planted in pots this month and grown for winter color. Narcissus is very fragrant.

Don’t forget to fertilize your lawn if you have not already done so. We carry Medina, Texas Tee and Lady Bug Brands of all natural fertilizers that are safe for children, pets and environment.

Lawn care should be fairly easy this month. If you over seed with annual rye grass seed, keep the rye grass cut to about 2 inches in height. Elbon Rye can be grown in vegetable gardens as a fast growing cover crop to deter harmful nematodes and can be turned under for green manure in early spring.

Get ready for that unexpected early frost. We have pre-cut frost cloth or sell by the foot. It lets the light in and helps protect delicate plants and vegetable on those cool nights.

Fresh Christmas Trees should be here the week of Thanksgiving. Our Christmas trees are shipped from the high elevations of Oregon. They are fresh cut and shipped the same day. We take good care of them by giving them a fresh cut the day of arrival, keeping them in fresh water, and spraying them with water 3 times a day to ensure needle retention and freshness. We have several sizes and types for you to choose from. Red Barn also has Wreaths and Garland available starting the week of Thanksgiving.

Now is the time to give thanks for what we have and care for those who do not.

Have a wonderful Holiday Season.

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Fall is the ideal time to plant trees, shrubs, and fruit trees too.  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.  

Visit our Special Events page for information on our Pumpkinfest (Oct. 17, 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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March is the time to get busy outdoors and plant, plant, plant.   The sooner you plant the quicker your plants will become established before the heat of summer.  However, March weather can change from day to day, so be prepared to protect anything newly planted if there is a late cold spell with Insulate.  The average last freeze date for Austin area is March 8th.

Top dress lawn with Dillo Dirt, Nature’s Blend, or fine compost now to encourage grass to fill in bare areas.  Mow grass short to get ready for new growth.  Bag 1st and 2nd cut and use in compost pile if needed.  Fertilize with a slow release fertilizer mid to late March.  Ladybug is an all natural fertilizer.  Ladybug Fertilizer is a granular 25 lb. bag which covers up to 4000 square feet.  Ladybug Fertilizer is great for trees and shrubs also.   If you are not sure what your soil needs, Red Barn has soil test kits and testing packets with instructions to send off for a variety of testing.  Don’t forget to keep those pesky weed seeds from germinating with a pre-emergent such as Corn Gluten and or we can recommend a post emergent for existing weeds.  Bring a sample in a plastic baggie and one of our associates will help you chose the one for you.  Look for slugs or snails around hostas etc, Treat with Sluggo or diatomaceous earth.  If you have fire ant mounds, try an organic spinosad bait (Come and Get It), or drench.   Orange oil will drive them out.  Red Barn carries beneficial nematodes that can be applied to your soil to kill grubs, fleas, ticks fire ants and other below the ground pests. Use live Ladybugs to devour aphids, and other insects, on plants.