Change is a Good Thing!
October’s cooler weather brings many changes: there’s a bounce in your step, leaves begin to fall, the warm-season annuals are beginning to fade. Now is the time to plant cool-season annuals to provide color in your landscape this fall, winter, and into next spring. Yes, the occasional winter freeze will nip back the blooms and foliage, but the root systems will continue to grow. When warmer spring weather comes, your fall-planted annual flowers will burst forth with a profusion of growth and blooms.
Speaking of change in the landscape, this might be the year to explore adding ornamental grasses to your landscape. They can add visual interest, are virtually pest-free (except for grasshoppers), and require little water and maintenance.
We told you last month, and we are telling you again: If you are planning to transplant a tree or shrub within your landscape this winter, know is the time to use a shovel to cut a circle around the plant so that it will generate new roots within the root-ball to be dug later in the winter.
In our region, mid-October is the critical time to apply fall fertilizer to lawns. After a few cool nights, 50°F or below, grass growth will slow rapidly. When you don’t need to mow for two weeks, it’s time to fertilize. Fertilization prolongs fall color, increases winter hardiness, and promotes spring green-up. It also maintains a dense turf that resists winter weeds.
Read the October Guadalupe Gardener to see what’s up in Guadalupe County this month: It’s time for the Guadalupe County Fair (Oct 8-11), Buck Fever (Oct 22-23), and Pecan Fest (Oct 25-26) celebrating our local pecan industry. Get the details on the Fair. Get the details on Buck Fever. Get the details on Pecan Fest. This issue is also packed with gardening events and volunteer opportunities.
Our October 16th program topic is Perennial Forest Gardening Systems. Kirby Fry, Permaculture Design Specialist who has a degree in Natural Resource Conservation from Texas A&M is our presenter. Visitors are always welcome. Join us for networking at 6:30 pm at the Guadalupe County Justice Center, 211 W. Court St., in Seguin. Kirby Fry’s program begins at 7 pm.
Attention Guadalupe County Master Gardeners: Get to Know VMS!
Many items of specific interest to Guadalupe County Master Gardeners (volunteer and educational opportunities, Board and Membership Meeting Minutes) are in the process of transitioning to and being promoted on the on-line Volunteer Management System (VMS) launched last month. An explanation of VMS and a User’s Guide have been added to this website. Highlight the Members tab on the Home page. The Master Gardeners – Reporting Volunteer and Continuing Educations Hours tab should appear below. Highlight this tab and click the left mouse button. When the MG – Reporting Volunteer and Continuing Education Hours tab is highlighted, a sub-tab should appear to the right, VMS User’s Guide. Click on this tab for more details about VMS features.
Join the Master Gardeners Every Saturday on the Radio!!!!
Tune in to Compost Bob Grafe and the Guadalupe County Master Gardeners every Saturday morning at 9 am for the Lawn and Garden Show on KWED 1580 AM. Bob and his guests talk about everything from Trees to Compost and take your calls to answer your gardening questions –just call the listener line, 830.372.1580. If you don’t have an AM radio receiver convenient, you can tune in over the internet. Just go to KWED’s website and tune in!!!!!!