Expert Advice for Fall
Here are tips and things to think about this upcoming fall season.
- Safflower, nyjer, and pure beef or venison suet are great additions to your winter bird menu.
- Keep water for the birds fresh and clean.
- Make brush piles from trimmings as a cover for birds.
- Store birdhouses with their entrance holes facing down so that mice don't occupy them.
- Paint, stain, repair or replace birdhouses that are in need.
- West of the Mississippi River there are several butterflies to watch for in fall, including these swallowtails-desert, black, western tiger and giant.
- Cabbage whites, checkered whites, the southern dogface, orange-barred sulphurs and large orange sulphurs will all fly into November or until frost.
- In the southwest where snout butterflies are common, population may be very high by fall.
- A few fritillaries may last until October in the West. One may be Nokomis fritillary and the variegated fritillary. The field crescent and the pearl crescent will also fly into October.
- Again in the West, many southern species fly year round. If you are in South Texas, Arizona or any southern border area, you can find multi-brooded butterflies all year round.
- Shred fall leaves and leave them on the lawn. As long as you can see some of the grass, the lawn will be fine.
- Fall is great time to fertilize. Southern gardeners should apply their last application fertilizer at least 6 weeks before the lawn goes dormant.
- Leave some of your carrots and parsnips in the garden for winter. Mulch the soil after it lightly freezes for added protection.
- Water plants thoroughly before the ground freezes.
- Clean and sharpen tools before storing to help lighten the workload next spring.