· Continue to patrol the garden , checking for pests. Mealybugs and scale have been abundant the past few years. Check lawns for chinch bug, armyworm and sod webworm. A garden with many kinds of plants has fewer pests than gardens with lots of mass plantings. Avoid insect magnets like oleander, which require constant spraying.
· You can still take cuttings and divide perennials but do it as soon as possible. Days are getting shorter and less sunlight signals the plants to slow down their growth. Cuttings will not root as quickly.
· If you do not have sprinklers, plant by Sept. 15 so the new plantings will have time to settle in before the dry season resumes around October 15.
· Check irrigation systems for broken heads and pipes.
· Winter annuals will be available at about the end of this month. Continue planting all trees and shrubs, but be sure to water them if no irrigation is available.
Green Thoughts: If you have windows vulnerable to break-ins, install security plantings with nasty thorns. Some of the big landscape bromeliads are spiny and do well in sun or shade. Pereskia, crown of thorns, and various agaves and dwarf yuccas have spiny or pointed leaves and stems and like full sun. Carissa and silverthorn make good hedge plantings and do well in sun or shade.
PLANT OF THE MONTH
This begonia has been around the Florida landscape for a number of years.
It was used mostly in hanging baskets in the past. It is an amazingly good
high ground cover for part shade locations. This begonia will reach about
3 feet in height and is easy to propagate from cuttings. It is in bloom
year round compared to many begonias which bloom only in late winter or
spring. The flowers produce a nice cascading informal display of white
through the year and are lightly fragrant. It can be used under windows
or in front of taller shrubbery. I think this is one of the best perennials
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