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AUGUST GARDENING TIPS from Red Barn Garden Center

A drive around town will show several hardy plants still blooming.  Lantana, Zinnias, Vinca, Coleus, Hardy Hibiscus, Ice Plant, Coneflower, Pride of Barbados, Sedum, Red Yucca, Yellow Bells, Vitex, Salvias and more.  Don’t forget Angelonia, Fall Asters, Mexican Bush Sage, and Mexican Mint Marigold for great fall color. 

Now is the time to prepare your garden beds for fall.  Clean up established beds, deadhead perennials and annuals, remove any dead or diseased plants.  If preparing a new bed, you need to amend your soil by adding compost and working it into the existing soil.

Be on the lookout for Aphids.  Look for telltale sticky drops on crape myrtles, oaks, pecans, elms and others.  If this problem is not controlled, it will develop into black sooty mold.  So eliminate the aphids.  
Watch for chinch bug damage in your lawns sunniest, driest areas (usually closest to driveways and sidewalks.)
Check for those mealy bugs, scale etc.  They attack the weak and under-cared for plants in your beds and garden.
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Prune roses by mid-August no more than 1/3 to encourage fall blooming.  Do not remove all foliage when cutting back as the rose canes will scald without the foliage protection.  Clean pruning utensils often to stop disease transfer from rose to rose.  Roses also need to be fertilized at this time to ready them for fall blooms.    Rose Tone by Espoma and Rose Glow Fertilizer by Maestro Grow are organic fertilizers.

Water is critical for new and established plants and trees.  Mulch all beds, trees, plants for moisture and weed control.  Root stimulator, Super Thrive, or Liquid Seaweed will get you some extra root system to protect from shock.

Are you looking for a tough plant for your garden – one that can face drought, hungry deer (check your neighborhood first, hungry deer can’t read), blazing heat, and is blooming this time of year??  Try a Pride of Barbados, Poinciana Red Bird of Paradise, Caesalpinia pulcherrima.  Whatever you want to call it; it is blooming all over town with those beautiful exotic looking red-orange and yellow blooms   This wonderful 6 foot shrub goes dormant to the ground in winter and when the soil temp is warm, bursts out for full growth each year.  Red Barn has 2 gallon pots and one gallon pots for you.  While supplies last.

Visit Red Barn for Great Gardner Specials and in-store specials.  You never know what you might find.
We can help you with from beginning to end with your gardening needs.  That is our job!!!!And We Love It and Appreciate YOU!!!!!!

Finally, don’t forget your fall vegetable garden.  Plant tomatoes, peppers, squash, corn, beans, and cucumbers by mid-August.  There is still time to plant many different vegetable seeds and plants.  Get your beds ready for fall veggies such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts, etc.  Don’t forget to replenish any herbs that are finished with fresh ones for the best taste.   We have a fall vegetable planting guide for you and handouts to help you.  Stop by Red Barn Garden Center and let one of our nursery professionals help you with your gardening needs.
Austin Proud/Texas Friendly!!!!  Go Green with Red Barn Garden Center.  Happy Gardening!!!!!


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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.