Planting

You can plant cool season annuals this time of year.

Fertilizing

If cool season annuals are pale or yellow green, you can apply a soluble fertilizer and green them up.

Pest Control

Watch for aphids if weather is mild.

Watering

If the weather is dry, water thoroughly.

Planting

You can continue to plant cool season annuals this month.

Fertilizing

If you haven’t fertilized since you planted several months ago you might need to now.

Pest Control

Pests shouldn’t be too much of a problem during this time of year.

Watering

Rain is usually generous this month, so watering chores are normally minimal.

Planting

The weather has warmed up and you want to plant annuals. It is a tricky time of year – a last freeze or heavy frost can damage any warm weather annuals you plant. Frost cloth can help.

Fertilizing

If it has been over 6 weeks since your last application of granular fertilizer, or over 2 weeks since you last used a soluble fertilizer you might want to do so now.

Pest Control

Slugs and snails can be a problem – use an aid to keep them under control.

Watering

Dry conditions can occur during this month, if so, water deeply and thoroughly whenever irrigation is needed.

Planting

April can still have some cool weather but most people in East Texas feel the need to plant annuals now – especially after Tax Day.

Fertilizing

Use soluble fertilizer on annuals planted in containers and in your flower beds.

Pest Control

Watch for holes in leaves caused by hungry caterpillars – treat with a control aid.

Watering

Continue to water beds and pots as needed.

Planting

Plant warm weather annuals and water-in with root stimulator to get the young plants off to a good start.

Fertilizing

You can fertilize annuals with a slow-release fertilizer or a soluble fertilizer.

Pest Control

Watch for sucking pests such as spider mites lace bugs, leaf hoppers and plant bugs.

Watering

Newly planted flower beds will need thorough watering if the weather is dry.

Planting

You can continue to plant warm-season annuals.

Fertilizing

If plants are pale and low in vigor, try an application of soluble fertilizer.

Pest Control

Watch for spider mites.

Watering

Keep in mind that light, frequent irrigation promotes a shallow root system. Always water deeply and thoroughly when irrigating.

Planting

You might need to change out some of the annuals you planted in the spring that can’t handle the heat of July and August. There are some varieties of annuals that perform very well in heat – portulaca, vinca, and more.

Fertilizing

Continue to fertilize container plants with a soluble fertilizer.

Pest Control

Watch for pests and treat them accordingly.

Watering

Water as needed depending on how much rainfall is received.

Planting

Continue to plant replacements for annuals that are no longer attractive.

Fertilizing

Fertilize annuals that you have pruned back to encourage regrowth.

Pest Control

Insects will still be a potential problem so be on the lookout for them.

Watering

Water as needed depending on how much rainfall is received.

Planting

It is too early to plant cool-season annuals

Fertilizing

Container plantings need to be fed with a soluble fertilizer but annuals in flower beds don’t require any fertilizer this late in the season.

Pest Control

Whiteflies can be found on lantana and hibiscus but can be controlled.

Watering

Make sure that your annual beds receive enough water through either rainfall or supplemental irrigation.

Planting

If the weather has cooled off enough you can begin to plant cool season annuals in your beds.

Fertilizing

Fertilize annuals when you plant them

Pest Control

Moths and Caterpillars can be a major problem.

Watering

Water plantings as needed.

Planting

This is the best month for planting cool season annuals.

Fertilizing

Fertilize new plantings at the time of planting and use soluble fertilizer on container plantings.

Pest Control

Watch for snails and slugs and use control aids as necessary.

Watering

Rain in November is usually adequate, but water as needed.

Planting

Cool/cold-season annuals can be planted with good results during this month.

Fertilizing

Fertilize only if plants have pale leaves, yellow lower leaves or stunted growth.

Pest Control

Pest control is minimal this time of the year

Watering

Rainfall usually makes watering unnecessary, but water beds thoroughly when a freeze threatens.