Since temperatures across the Brazos basin will remain warm throughout most the fall months and
frost is still months away, now is a great time for autumn planting.
Once the raging heat of a Texas summer subsides, your new plantings will
also have a greater chance to fully mature and establish stronger roots
than those planted in the spring. During this period, soil does not require
as much water as it does in the dehydrating summer heat. And, the
decrease of pests and weeds in the fall allows plants to thrive without
having to compete with the nuisances.
For those of us who have had garden trouble
due to the drought this summer, fall is an
ideal time to rejuvenate your affected
flowerbeds. Composting, fertilizing and
cultivating the beds will get them ready for
your colorful fall annuals such as mums and
Shred fallen leaves from your yard with your lawn mower and use them
as mulch for flowerbeds. If you lack the leaves needed to create your
own mulch, our Temple-Belton Regional Sewage System (TBRSS)
offers a selection of mulches and its popular Tri-Gro compost for sale.
Prices, availability and loading hours can be obtained by calling
TBRSS at (254) 939-6471.
If your drought-affected plants are a loss, you may
consider planting more drought-resistant plants in
their place, or Xeriscaping. A Xeriscaped garden
doesn’t need much water so there is no need to
worry about them surviving the next Texas summer.
Once your fall gardening is complete, sharpen your
garden and mowing tools so they are ready to go in
the spring. Also, don’t forget to unhook, drain and
coil up your garden hoses. All of your work will pay
off as you get to enjoy a colorful and healthy
garden throughout the cool autumn months.