Higher temperatures of summertime keep a lot of us inside, going out only during the later part of the day or early in the morning. As fall rolls around there are increasingly more gardeners out enjoying the day along with getting their plants back into the pre-summer heat condition.
Granted, we are not as afflicted with frosty weather and snow fall as other climates may be in the wintertime. That does not imply that we don’t have our very own garden tasks to complete when fall comes around. There’s several things you have to do for the garden in order to prepare for winter, even in Arizona. This is doubly true if you’re keen on being sure that it comes back at its lush, full, best during the early spring.
Within the desert, there are a few sure signs that fall is arriving and the summer time is fading away. While rain and hail may fall and winds blow the sand and dust around, temperatures only dip slightly.
Autumn is among the most frenzied, busy times with your Arizona garden. Why not add some new plants to your desert garden; it’s the perfect time. Pruning, planting, as well as other fall tasks take place now. You must also begin to do a little pruning to your plants, but you need to take some care when accomplishing this. Despite the fact that Arizona doesn’t get a great deal of snow, it does get numerous frosty nights. If a plant is vulnerable to even a light frost, don’t prune them back.
Cut the roses at this time. Prune them just a little bit and give them some fertilizer to offer them an excellent head start.
Sage plants can be trimmed now. Among the hardiest plants in your desert garden is the Desert Sage. It’s a blooming plant that will generally offer its flowers in mid-summer in the full heat. If you allow them to grow to full height and width, they might become rangy looking, so they must be pruned . Offer your Desert Sage a rather rounded look and use only hand tools to prune it. It is often sensitive in a few ways plus will receive a hand shearing much better than some other method.
You are going to find a lot of winter annual plants in the garden center now, but it is not the ideal time to plant them. Temperatures are still well over the type which they like best and when it’s still 100 outside, your winter annuals will not survive through in many cases without some stringent care.
Mesquites and palo verde should also be pruned at this time to provide them a more pleasing shape. Also, while you’ve still got the fairly warm summer soil to utilize, any cacti or succulents must be planted.