May 1, 2016
Q: How can I mosquito proof my yard?
A: Many people forget about the “water holders” in their yard. Plant saucers need to be emptied after a rain, water features without fish need a biological... More ›
April 1, 2016
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... More ›
February 1, 2016
Q: What garden related present can I give my wife for Valentine’s Day?
A: A wonderful garden gift to me would be having someone else prune my rose bushes. I’m sure your wife will probably want to supervise (togetherness time) but having you... More ›
January 1, 2016
Q: I recently removed some Red Tip Photinia and would like to plant at least one rose bush in the same area. What is your very favorite rose?
A: I change with time, but right now my favorite... More ›
December 1, 2015
Q: I would like a live Christmas tree that I can plant after the holidays. What should I get?
A: There are a number of trees for our area around Seguin that can be used as living Christmas... More ›
November 1, 2015
Q: Some trees around town have fall colors. What can I plant that will do well here in Seguin?
A: Doug Welsh, extension horticulturist, says that fall color in deciduous trees happens as... More ›
October 1, 2015
It is October already. What do I do now? Is it too late to plant things?
You are in luck. Now is vegetable time! Beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, turnips, cauliflower, peas, radishes, and carrots can be planted. All of your... More ›
September 1, 2015
About one month ago, I gave my Rockroses some fertilizer. They dropped the buds and shed about 30% of their leaves. I added ashes to lower the pH, but they continue to decline. The plants... More ›
August 1, 2015
Why are my container-grown cucumbers short and teardrop shaped, and why are the lower leaves turning yellow, then brown, and then dying off?
The teardrop shaped cucumbers result from poor... More ›
June 1, 2015
Why are the leaves on the bottoms of my tomato plants turning yellow?
1. It could be that the plants are getting too much water. This was a common result with the wonderful rains received... More ›
May 1, 2015
How do I get rid of fire ants in my garden? What should I do if I have fire ants in my compost pile?
While most types of ants are harmless and even beneficial, the fire ant is a well-known... More ›
April 1, 2015
For complete instructions, you simply must read All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew, or Google square foot gardening. A typical square foot garden is 4’ x 4’, allowing for 16 square feet of gardening space. Your 4’ x 4’ box can be... More ›
March 1, 2015
How do I rid my yard of grass burs?
Grass burs (or sand burs) are summer annual grassy weeds that start germinating in late spring and continue germinating until late summer or early fall. The weed will continue to grow until the first freeze.
Grass... More ›
February 2, 2015
My major pruning dates are Valentine’s Day (or a couple of weeks thereafter) and Labor Day, with the spring pruning being heavier than the fall pruning. Pruning improves air circulation, helps... More ›
January 1, 2015
Deer are beautiful to watch, but they can do a great deal of damage to a garden. In fact, a deer eats approximately 6 to 10 pounds of forage per day. They are particularly attracted to smooth,... More ›
December 1, 2014
Should I prune my oak trees? I am concerned about oak wilt.
Of course you will want to prune your oak trees for all of the reasons that people prune trees: the limbs are threatening to... More ›
November 1, 2014
Does asparagus grow well in south central Texas?
Yes, it does, but it is a process.
You should purchase crowns (one-year old root systems) when they become available in your local nursery,... More ›
October 1, 2014
Why doesn’t my Christmas cactus bloom?
You may not be giving it the right amount of water. Christmas cactus is a tropical cactus, not a desert cactus. If the soil is allowed to dry out... More ›
April 1, 2014
Q: I know that you should apply spring fertilizer to your lawn after you’ve mowed the grass twice to make sure that it is actively growing and ready to use the fertilizer. However, I’m not sure how much to apply. I’ve been hearing about the overuse... More ›
March 1, 2014
Q: I want to plant tomatillos. What should I know about them?
A: You probably have to buy the tomatillo or husk tomato (Physalis ixocarpa) by seed. There are lots of varieties available, such as Cape Gooseberry, Mayan Husk Tomato, and Rendidora.... More ›