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 ›
February 1, 2014
Q: I’d like to give my sweetheart something unusual yet related to gardening for Valentine’s Day. Do you have any suggestions?
A: Seed potatoes are traditionally planted February 14, so... More ›
January 1, 2014
Q: I always receive a poinsettia or a Christmas cactus or an amaryllis for Christmas. What do I do with them after Christmas?
A: They can be replanted for next year.
The potted poinsettia... More ›
December 1, 2013
Q: I've been cleaning my vegetable garden and pulled up my okra plants. Their roots were just covered with root knot nematodes. I am really surprised because I planted that bed with Elbon... More ›
November 1, 2013
Q: My oxblood lilies have finished blooming and I now have big clumps of leaves. When can I move them to different spots in the yard?
A: Judy Barrett, in her November Homegrown newsletter,... More ›
October 1, 2013
Q: I have goldenrod growing at the back of my garden and I'm worried about what my neighbors might say because of its bad reputation. Should I pull it out?
A: Definitely not. I too have... More ›
September 6, 2013
Q: Can I plant vegetables in pots? I don't have much of a yard and the soil is too hard to dig.
A: Vegetables do fine in pots. A large pot of lettuce or spinach by your back door close... More ›
August 1, 2013
Q: I am planning on planting a couple of shade trees in the fall. How do I know what kind is best for this area?
A: Now is a wonderful time to drive around and look at which trees are... More ›
July 1, 2013
Q: Some of the leaves on my red oak are skeletonized -- the green tissue is gone and the veins remain with kind of a brown part of the leaf remaining. What did it and what do I need to do now?
A: Skeletonizers can be caterpillars or slug sawflies.... More ›
June 1, 2013
Q: I saw a red flowered perennial in a friend’s garden that had bees and butterflies around it. The friend called it bee balm. Will it grow well for me?
A: The answer is definitely yes. According to Wikipedia, monarda (bergamot, horsemint,... More ›
May 1, 2013
Q: What flowers should go in now that will do well over the summer? I don’t want perennials in this bed because I will replace the summer flowers with fall bloomers.
A: My favorites include cosmos and tithonia (Mexican sunflower). Other warm... More ›
April 1, 2013
Q: Is it time to fertilize? Can I use weed and feed?
A: Doug Welsh, in his Texas Garden Almanac, is particularly adamant about not using weed and feed fertilizer because the timing for weed... More ›
March 1, 2013
Q: Is it too late to prune? I've really been much too busy this spring.
A: The best time to prune, according to Doug Welsh in his Texas Garden Almanac, is in winter just before spring growth begins. That said, sometimes we have to do what... More ›