This is a transition time for annuals. Most annuals are still going strong. Begonias, Petunias, Mums, and Marigolds are great transition plants before Pansies, Snapdragons, Lobelia, Alyssum, Calendula, Dianthus, etc. and are ready.
It is time to sow wildflower seeds. Blue Bonnets. Wildflower Mix and more. Red Barn has a great selection.
Cut back perennials if needed. Be careful not to give much fertilizer. You do not want encourage them to grow much before the winter. Iris and other bulbs may need to be divided now if the bed is too thick. Visit us at Red Barn and we will give you advice of the proper technique.
Replenish mulch in all beds, around trees, etc. to ensure a protected root system for the winter and for water retention.
Some of your shrubs such as Sweet Olive, Roses, Autumn Sage, Mexican Bush Sage, and Gulf Muhly will burst in to bloom for the fall. Do not prune Spring Flowering shrubs such Camellias, Viburnum, Primrose Jasmine, Flowering Quince, spring blooming Azaleas, etc. because the already have flower buds set.
You are approaching tree pruning time. Live oak can be pruned to open the canopy for new grass and understory growth. Seal cut branches with pruning paint and sterilize equipment to minimize insects and diseases problems. Wait until deciduous trees are dormant to prune limbs and branches.
Start thinking about pre-emergent weed protection now such as corn gluten. Fertilize grass with Ladybug 8-2-4, Medina Growin Green, or Micro Life Fertilizer. Visit our special events page for information on Fall Classes and of course Pumpkin Patch starting Oct 1. Fun in the Fall!!! Thank you and we invite you to visit Red Barn Garden Center any time. We are Austin Proud/Texas Friendly.
P.S. Please remember our neighbors in need. Volunteer and donate to those who lost so much.