Now is the time to start prepping your garden for the fall weather. According to the experts, you should begin your cold-weather garden and landscaping prep about six weeks before the first freeze. For most cities in Texas, mid-to-late November brings the first frost, which means you should begin prepping now! Here are the changes you should make to your gardening practices as fall progresses:
Prep Your Lawn
Fescue and rye are the perfect cool-season grasses to sow during this time of year. You can also choose to fertilize turfgrass, which will actually store nutrients during the winter months when fertilized properly, which can mean a more beautiful lawn come spring. Once the grass of your choice has been planted, it’s best to use a pre-emergent herbicide, which you can get in an all-natural form made from corn gluten. Two applications per year will help keep your lawn fresh and healthy. Gardeners often choose late winter and mid-summer to treat their lawns.
Put In Fall Plants
Mums, asters and pansies are wonderful cool-weather blooms to spruce up your fall landscape. Don’t be afraid to plant plenty of lettuce, carrots, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, turnips and potatoes in your garden, as well. It’s a good idea to refrain from pruning your garden when you plant all these delicious new veggies—this may prevent new growth from hardening before the real cold arrives.
Protect Your Landscape
Before a frost, pull up any plant that will not survive the winter months by the root, and then clean and cover your garden to protect it from frost. As Texans, you may want to check your local city’s weather forecast to see if you’ll even need to cover your garden. During the cool weather you can get creative and make a cold frame, dig and box in raised beds and make general landscape repairs. Most of these options will help protect your garden from the harsh winter months.