We've had an unusually warm autumn so far, so if the temperatures stay fairly hot and you're planning to plant winter annuals, wait until temps have cooled down more...or plant things like Sunpatiens and Geraniums in a part shade location protected from mid-day sun.
Once the weather has cooled down nicely, winter annuals are at their happiest and will give our gardens bright color through spring.
Apply weed and feed to your lawn. Early November is the time to do this for the health of your turf grass.
Water once a week if there's been no rain.
Watch out for pest damage. Take bagged cuttings to your local nursery for diagnosis and treatment options.
In last month's Grow-zine I spotlighted a web visitor's Sylvester Palm, to which she had applied a stain on the trunk. A landscaper contacted me, saying his company does this - and applies Thompson's Water Seal after the stain dries to keep the finish lasting longer.
Trunks of palms and trees are landscape elements, too...just like our flowers, shrubs, pathways, and so on.
Trunks of taller plants add texture and color to the design.
And, in many cases, once the palm or tree is mature, trunks are all we see at and near eye level.
Here are some plants with interesting trunks and bases that can add a bit more zip to the design:
Some Crape Myrtle trees shed bark, creating a unique - and sometimes very showy - mottled look.
This peeling of bark is natural to crapes.
I've decided not to reprint my paperback book Snowbird Gardening...so quantities are very limited!
Every couple of years I've updated the book a bit before having a new batch printed. But at this time there are some major changes I'd have to make - including changing or even removing the entire chapter on citrus, due (sadly) to citrus greening making it difficult to find trees and the fact that its risky to grow them.
That, coupled with the extreme expense of having a full-color book printed, has convinced me that it's time.
The Snowbird Gardening ebook will remain available for download...and I plan to make some updates there very soon.
Also...I've added the above photo of the Crape Myrtle trunk to the Plant Page on Crape Myrtles.
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