Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

August, 2003
Regional Report

Keep Pecans and Persimmons Well Watered

Keep pecans and persimmons adequately moist to encourage good development of the kernels and fruit. Water stress on pecans now can cause poor filling of kernels. Persimmons under water stress may drop fruit prematurely.

Start Cool-Season Transplants

Start seedlings of cool-season veggies and flowers indoors now for a jump on the season. In 6 to 8 weeks they will be ready to transplant out into the garden when the weather turns a little more hospitable! Wait a few more weeks to start lettuce and spinach transplants. They reach transplant age faster and need to go out into the garden a bit later too.

Shear Herbs and Summer-Blooming Salvias

Shear back herb plants that are ragged looking from the effects of summer. They will respond with new growth in the coming months. Summer-blooming salvias, such as S. greggii (autumn sage), S. farinacea (mealy blue sage) and S. 'Indigo Spires' also will respond to being cut back now. In fall they will put on another great show.

Trim Back Roses for Better Fall Bloom

Cut back repeat blooming rose bushes by about a third in mid to late August. They will regrow and really put on a show in October. Keep foliage healthy so the bush can put all its energy into setting blooms for this fall. Black spot, powdery mildew, aphids, and mites can burden a rose bush and reduce fall blooming if left unchecked in the summer.

Dense Turf Chokes Out Weeds

Give your turf a good watering every 5 to 7 days. This will keep it healthy and dense and will help to deter weeds. Many winter weeds will begin germinating in mid to late September in the mid to upper Gulf Coast area. If your turf is thin, weed problems will be much worse.


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