September 30, 2016
Q: A cold front is coming and I worry about my plants. What should I be doing?
A: It’s been a couple of years since I kept track of freezes, but in 2013 the first freeze was in December. If you have tomato and pepper plants in your garden and... More ›
September 1, 2016
Q: This is in regard to last month’s comments about crape myrtles. Neil Sperry in his column in the Express-News said not to deadhead, whereas you quoted Doug Welsh who said it would help extend... More ›
August 1, 2016
Q: One of my crape myrtles is not doing as well as the others. It is in a flower bed in front of my house and I hate to lose it because the five bare trunks look so striking.
A: Doug Welsh’s Texas Garden Almanac has a large section on crape... More ›
July 1, 2016
Q: I was busy this spring. Is there anything I can plant now?
A: If you want vegetables, you can still plant okra. Eggplant, pepper and tomato transplants can be put in from July 1 to July... More ›
June 1, 2016
Q: The city of Seguin has complained about my yard of native plants because the curbside plants are over 12 inches. What can I do?
A: Luckily, there are a number of low-growing native plants... More ›
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 ›