Weed and feed my lawn?
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Q: Should I apply weed and feed to my lawn now?
A: No. Your pre-emergent herbicides should already have been applied in February. Spring lawn fertilizer should be put out in mid spring after you’ve mowed twice. Don’t use a combination product because each should be done at different dates. Remember that post emergent herbicides should not be used under the tree canopy or in shrub and flower beds. The herbicide cannot tell the difference between weeds and trees or shrubs.
Q: I am starting a butterfly garden and understand that I need blooms every month of the year. What is in bloom the next couple of months?
A: According to Calvin Finch, March blooming plants are verbena and coreopsis, April bloomers are Salvia greggii and Texas Gold columbine, and May bloomers are passion vine and Fanick’s phlox.
Q: I have dill everywhere. What can I do with it?
A: Dill is a lovely annual herb that grows 24 to 36 inches tall. Mine is already starting to put on seed heads. Harvest the side leaves and dry in the oven at low heat (under 180 degrees F. for two to four hours or in a food dryer. You can also dry them by hanging upside down in bunches in a dark, warm area (like the garage). Out of curiosity, I tried the microwave also. Place the leaves on a paper towel and microwave for one or two minutes, mixing every 30 seconds and checking for dryness. I use dried dill on my fish dishes during the year. Both leaves and seeds are good in salads, pickles, green beans and bread. By the way, once you plant dill, you won’t need to reseed. It takes care of itself.
Q: Where can I buy milkweed seed? I tried all the local nurseries. They have Tropical Milkweed plants, but no seeds or plants for any of the other milkweeds.
A: Native American Seed out in Junction sells several different types of milkweed seeds, including Antelope Horns, Butterfly Weed, Common Milkweed, Green Milkweed, Showy Milkweed, and Swamp “Rose” Milkweed. On Earth Day in Seguin the Native Plant Society will have also milkweed for sale. If you have a friend with Tropical Milkweed, get a cutting and try rooting it in water.
Q: I have a field with milkweed and feel very strongly about saving the Monarch. When can I mow, or should I mow?
A: For our area (around Seguin), you can mow before March 1 and after November 1. Between May 10 and August 15, you can mow “if necessary.” You may kill monarchs, but supposedly most will have gone further north during this period. For this latitude, October 18 is the midpoint for peak migration moving south. Mow high and no more than twice a year.
Clara Mae Marcotte is a Texas Master Gardener with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. If you have a question to be answered, call the Master Gardeners at 830-379-1972 or leave a message to be answered. The website is guadalupecountymastergardeners.org. The Master Gardener research library is open Mondays from 8:30 to noon, at 210 East Live Oak Street in Seguin.