Coastal and Tropical South

August, 2005
Regional Report

Ready Soil for Bulbs

Take a few minutes to assess your garden for adding bulbs, and if you plan to order dutch bulbs, make a list. Tulips, hyacinths, grape hyacinth, dutch iris, daffodils, narcissus, and amaryllis will appreciate compost in their beds now for planting this fall. October is sooner than you think.

Divide and Replant

Some perennials must be divided in summer for best performance next year. Shasta daisies will overgrow their space and stop flowering if not divided every other year. Every third year, divide Louisiana iris, Easter lilies, cannas, liriope, ajuga, and Shasta daisies.

Prepare Soil for Spinach

Spinach will produce abundantly if you add a sprinkling of lime to the soil now. Use horticulture or garden lime, not hydrated lime, for this purpose. Work it into the top couple of inches of the soil, water well, and wait three weeks before planting.

Plant Fall Flowers

Garden mums and fall asters are arriving at the garden centers and should be planted right away for maximum enjoyment. Keep them watered and groomed. They blend well with calendulas, which you can grow from seed or small plants, but only as an overwintering annual in our region.

Plant Warm-Season Grasses

St. Augustine, Bermuda, and buffalo grass are the best-known warm-season lawn grasses, and late August is a good time to plant seed or sod. Whether seeding a new lawn or just repairing one, soil preparation done now will make the difference later. Till and rake the area, clear all weeds, plant, and water well.

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