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Time to clean gutters and fertilize plants

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▪ In general, prune flowering trees and shrubs for up to two months after they bloom. Pruning after this point will cut next year’s flower production.

▪ Sadly, St. Augustine lawns have become so problematic with disease and insect issues, I no longer recommend or suggest this lawn type. Centipede or Zoysia are superior selections.

▪ Add some soothing sounds to the garden with a wind chime. Larger wind chimes provide richer tones. Look for quality, and spend a little extra.

▪ Now’s the time to fertilize annuals and perennials.

▪ If your gutters overflowed during the recent rains, it is time to clean them. Clean gutters help protect the plants below and your foundation.

▪ After a good rain, it’s a perfect time to transplant trees and shrubs.

▪ If fire ants are building mounds in your yard, it’s time to treat the landscape with a bait-type insecticide. I have excellent results when I broadcast the entire yard, rather than treating individual mounds. Try boric acid powder as an effective alternative. It takes a little longer, and you will have to treat the individual mounds (a little goes a long way).

▪ It’s still too early for fall mums, unless you just enjoy these plants.

▪ It’s time to start searching for fall blooming perennials. Remember, we are trying to set up the landscape so that something is always blooming!

Todd Goulding provides residential landscape design consultations. Contact him at fernvalley.com or 478-345-0719.