For healthy grass, avoid weed and feed products. Only apply herbicides to areas with weed infestations.
Gardening "To Do" Tips by Month for Lake Charles, LA
Fertilize lawns this month. Use a controlled-release nitrogen.
Continue to harvest peppers and tomatoes and start keeping an eye out for possible frost.
Harvest herbs and store in a cool, dry place.
Clean out your vegetable garden once the plants have stopped producing. Remove any that were susceptible to disease and insects.
This month usually brings mild weather. Plant or transplant cool-weather crops such as beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, collards, lettuce, mustard, onions, radishes, spinach, and turnips.
With new transplants, be sure to water deeply (not lightly) every morning.
Add organic matter to all planting areas. Be sure there’s an inch-thick layer of mulch on your garden beds to control weeds.
Add leaves and organic material to your compost pile.
Cut back and remove old flower stalks from your annuals. Refertilizer them to encourage one more color before the winter.
Start preparing your flower beds for the planting of cool-season annuals.
Now is a good time to plant woody ornamentals because they have time to establish themselves before the spring.
Divide and replant perennials and bulbs that have become overcrowded or too large.
No more pruning your shrubs or trees, unless it is necessary. Pruning may encourage new growth to occur, which might be damaged during the winter.
Divide and replant crowded perennials. This is the last month to plant any new perennials and biennials.
Move your houseplants back indoors.