If you’re getting outside to garden now that temperatures are cooler and need some “socially distanced” gardening advice, The Dallas County Master Gardener Association, through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Center, offers free advice via its website and through e-mail. The updated website features advice on plant care and a “gardening calendar” of best tasks to be doing in the lawn and garden in a particular month, and an online form that can be submitted with questions. Questions may also be submitted to the group’s Help Desk via e-mail.

Advice listed for September includes:

  • Divide and re-plant spring blooming perennials such as iris, yarrow, daisies, daffodils and daylilies
  • Sow wildflower seeds and press into soil surface to improve germination
  • Avoid pruning spring-flowering trees and shrubs during the fall, as pruning now will reduce spring flowers
  • Plant cool season fescue grass or over seed established fescue lawns, if needed

Website: www.dallascountymastergardeners.org 
Contact: dallasmg@ag.tamu.edu