Since temperatures across the Brazos basin will remain warm throughout most the fall months and frost is still months away, now is a great time for autumn planting.

Once the raging heat of a Texas summer subsides, your new plantings will also have a greater chance to fully mature and establish stronger roots than those planted in the spring. During this period, soil does not require as much water as it does in the dehydrating summer heat. And, the decrease of pests and weeds in the fall allows plants to thrive without having to compete with the nuisances.

For those of us who have had garden trouble due to the drought this summer, fall is an ideal time to rejuvenate your affected flowerbeds. Composting, fertilizing and cultivating the beds will get them ready for your colorful fall annuals such as mums and pansies.

Shred fallen leaves from your yard with your lawn mower and use them as mulch for flowerbeds. If you lack the leaves needed to create your own mulch, our Temple-Belton Regional Sewage System (TBRSS) offers a selection of mulches and its popular Tri-Gro compost for sale. Prices, availability and loading hours can be obtained by calling TBRSS at (254) 939-6471.

If your drought-affected plants are a loss, you may consider planting more drought-resistant plants in their place, or Xeriscaping. A Xeriscaped garden doesn’t need much water so there is no need to worry about them surviving the next Texas summer.

Once your fall gardening is complete, sharpen your garden and mowing tools so they are ready to go in the spring. Also, don’t forget to unhook, drain and coil up your garden hoses. All of your work will pay off as you get to enjoy a colorful and healthy garden throughout the cool autumn months.