Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

August, 2000
Regional Report

Plant Summer Veggies

There is still time to plant squash, cucumbers, and green beans and get a harvest before frost. Plant them in the sunniest part of the garden, add a little fertilizer, and keep them well watered. Start seedlings of cool-season veggies such as broccoli and flowers such as snapdragons indoors now for a fall planting.

Pecan Care

Keep pecans and persimmon roots adequately moist to encourage good development of the kernels and fruit. Water stress on pecans now can cause poor filling of kernels later. Watch for webworms in pecans. If they appear, use a pole to break up their webs twice a week, and naturally occurring, beneficial wasps will usually keep them under control.

Water Lawns

Give your turf a good watering every 5 to 7 days. This will keep it growing strong and dense - deterring weeds. Many winter weeds will germinate in mid to late September in the mid to upper Gulf Coast area. If your turf is thin, weed problems will be much worse.

Prune Salvias and Buddleias

Shear back salvias such as S. greggii (Autumn Sage) that are looking tired from the heat of summer. They will respond with new growth in the coming months. Some blooming shrubs such as buddleia will also respond to being cut back now by blooming again this fall.

Prune Roses

Cut back repeat-blooming rose bushes such as hybrid teas by about a third. They will regrow and bloom again in October. Keep the plant well watered and fertilized so it can put all its energy into producing beautiful flowers.


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