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Southern Plains Regional Reports

Southern Plains: September Garden To-Do List

Plant cool-season seedlings outdoors. Photo: Karen Beaty.

The heat will break this month, and so begins our second growing season of the year! Plant spring-blooming perennials and container-grown shrubs and trees after temperatures begin to fall.

Plant cool-season vegetable crops even in more southern locations now.

If fire ants (Solenopsis) are a recurrent problem, broadcast a low-toxicity bait (such as spinosad) this month. Combine with orange oil on fire ant mounds.

fire ant treatment
Treat your garden for fire ants with spinosad-based products and orange oil. Photo: Karen Beaty.

Karen Beaty is a horticulturalist at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas.

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