Fall is for Planning and Planting at Milberger’s Nursery
September is the month to plant most of our . Prepare the soil by incorporating 2 inches of compost and 10 cups of slow-release lawn fertilizer into every 100 sq. ft of bed. Plant broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and Swiss chard by transplants. Use seed for turnips, carrots, radishes, rutabaga, beets, English peas, and lettuce. Remember that the lettuce seed must be spread on the surface of the soil for it to germinate. If it is covered with soil it won’t germinate. Wait to plant spinach and onion transplants later in the fall.
Fall is also the best time to plant shade trees. Trees planted now develop a root system before they face a hot, dry San Antonio summer. Consider live oak, Texas red oak, cedar elm, Mexican sycamore, bur oak, Mexican white oak, or chinkapin oak.
Plant the trees at the same depth that they are growing in their containers. Mulch spread over the roots works well to reduce evaporation and to make it unnecessary to use the string mower near the trunk. Water deeply when the soil dries under the mulch. Protect the bark of newly planted trees from sun burn with a trunk wrap, and from deer with a temporary fence.
If you have trouble with winter weeds apply a pre-emergent herbicide to the lawn. The winter weeds include annual bluegrass, rescue grass, thistle, dandelion, beggars’ lice, and bedstraw. Dimension and Amaze are 2 herbicides that will work to prevent the germination of both weed grasses and broadleaf weeds if they are applied early in the fall according to label instructions.
Ready to get started? Head to and let the planting begin!