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Garden Tips for the Texas Climate – Part II

 

In our last blog, we gave you some tips on how to build your garden beds and what to look for when buying your plants.  Today we’re going to discuss how to take care of your gardens so your plants can survive and flourish.  In addition, we’ll give you a few tips for a full green lawn. 

If this is your first time attempting any type of garden, start small.  Learn to care for your plants and gardens properly before you go big.  If you start too large, you may not be able to handle your gardens and will lose your hard work.  You can always add more plants throughout the year.    

Nutrient deficiency can cause your plants to die.  By the time you notice this, it’s usually too late to do anything to save your plants.  A few weeks after transplanting them, add a little fertilizer to the side of each plant.  A blend of natural 8-2-4 or 6-2-4 is a good mix.  You can also use cottonseed meal or blood meal.  Vegetables respond better to fish emulsion and seaweed solution.

Pest are another disaster that can kill your gardens.  The best solution to this problem is prevention.  By the time you notice your plants dying from pest contamination, it’s usually too late to save them.  It’s easier to control pests when they’re young and the infestation is small.  Walk through your gardens every few days and turn leaves over to check for pests.  If you start to notice bugs or holes in your leaves, it’s time to spray with plant-safe pest killers.  


Weeds are another annoyance that can kill gardens and overtake them.  Preventing them is so much easier than pulling them.  However, you don’t want to spray weed killers around your plants, because they’ll kill your plants too.  When you see tiny weed seedlings growing out of your soil, scratch the surface of those areas lightly and it will destroy them.  If you allow them to grow, their roots are stronger and it’s harder to deal with them. 

Your lawn needs extra care after a cold winter and dormant growth period.  The most crucial time of year to fertilize your lawn is spring time.  Fertilizing will replenish the food reserves that your lawn uses during the dormant winter season.  It will also help grass to grow at a faster pace.  An organic compost tea is the best fertilizer for your lawn.  You’ll need to protect your lawn from weeds as well.  Chemical weed killers will harm your lawn.  A good alternative to chemicals is a weed killer made from natural ingredients such as Burn Out which is made from clove oil, vinegar, and lemon juice. 

Source: www.texasgardner.com

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