Lower South

August, 2006
Regional Report

Keep Roses in Top Condition

Roses are gearing up for their big fall bloom show. Keep foliage diseases in check with periodic spraying. That foliage is the carbohydrate factory that brings on more blooms. Fertilize every few weeks and keep the soil moist.

Prepare Soil for Wildflower Planting

Planning a mini wildflower meadow area for your landscape? Now is the time to get the spot ready for planting in late September or October. Most wildflowers love sun and good drainage. Lightly till the soil prior to planting. Mow turf and meadow areas very closely to help the seedlings receive maximum light and to minimize competition from existing weeds.

Clean Up Pests On Outdoor Houseplants

Houseplants that have spent the summer outdoors often bring pests inside when they are brought in for the winter. Check them over and get rid of pests like mites, aphids, scale, and mealybugs while they are still outdoors. Soap or oil sprays are often enough to clean up these pests.

Saving Seeds for Next Year

Collect seeds from non-hybrid annuals and perennials that have gone to seed. Spread seeds on a newspaper for a week to allow them to dry thoroughly, then store them in a sealed jar. For maximum storage life, put the jar in the refrigerator, or better yet, the freezer.

Give Citrus a Light Feeding

Keep satsuma oranges, kumquats, and various other container-grown citrus plants healthy by fertilizing with a light dose of soluble liquid plant food on a frequent basis. Many types are ripening their fruit now and need a little extra nutrition. Just don't overdo it or fruit quality and winter hardiness will be decreased.

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