Welcome to East Texas Gardening. Here you will find posts of weekly articles devoted to gardening in the northeastern part of Texas, plus links to other blogs and web pages I find interesting which I think you will too.
East Texas is a wonderful place to garden and grow stuff. Unlike most of Texas, we almost have 4 seasons, which increases the types of plants we can grow here. Our soils, rainfall and climate are conducive to growing a wide range of flora. Of course, we have our share of pests, including fungi, bacteria, insects, and critters – especially moles.
Posts include upcoming horticultural events in the region, interesting plants, current pest outbreaks, and other gardening-related stuff I hope you will find useful. Under LINKS, check out my main web page – East Texas Gardening which has many articles on a wide range of topics.
This is the time of year when the calendar gets loaded up with opportunities to sharpen your skills or learn more about gardening, landscaping and related topics. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service provides a variety of educational programs and topics to the citizens of our great State. Here is a listing of some of the many upcoming programs and topics in our area that might be of interest to you. The annual all-day East Texas Turfgrass Conference will once again be held at the Texas A&M AgriLife… Read More →
Winter time is prime time to apply, if needed, a dormant oil spray to deciduous fruit, nut and certain landscape trees and shrubs to control scale and other insect pests. Horticultural oils are highly refined petroleum products for controlling scale, mites and other overwintering insects and their eggs on plants. Horticultural oils work mainly by coating pests with a suffocating film of fine oil. Their toxic action is more physical than chemical and is short-lived. Horticultural oils for controlling insect pests have been around for many decades. Initially,… Read More →
Parking at a local restaurant today, I noticed the blackened trunks of some topped crape myrtles – the tell-tale sign they were infested with crape myrtle bark scale. This relatively new pest to the U.S. has been rapidly spreading across the south. A horticulture friend commented he saw infested crape myrtles at the new mall on the south side of town. I checked them out, and while the trunks were blackened, there was no sign of living scale. These scales are bright white, and when squished, they ooze… Read More →
Let me join the chorus to wish you a Happy New Year, and a successful, bountiful and colorful gardening year! It may be cold and miserable sometimes at this time, but January is a month for some important items for the landscape and garden. Starting Transplants: If you want to grow your own transplants, start vegetable and flower seeds indoors right now for planting later this winter and early spring – broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, lettuce, parsley, petunias and begonias. Later in January start tomato, pepper and… Read More →
Happy Gardening New Year! Here’s hoping your garden grows great, and the grass gets greener but grows more slowly. What is New Years without resolutions to improve or do better? Setting goals is always a good thing, even if we stumble and not carry through all the way. Here are a few items you could choose from to add to your list of resolutions, for a greener (or more colorful) 2015. Dress up the front of your home with a fresh planting. Even a small project can have… Read More →
A cold, blustery winter wind can make a chilly day very miserable. In heavily wooded areas the effects of wind are minimized by the trees, and in cities buildings affect the wind. But larger suburban and rural properties often have wide open spaces where the wind can race unfettered to infiltrate homes with cold air. A well-designed windbreak can reduce the chilling effects of winter winds. A windbreak, or a hedgerow of shrubs and trees, can also be used to buffer unwanted noises and screen unsightly views. A… Read More →
Winter is not the most favorite time of year for most folks when it comes to gardening and enjoying your yard. The bright flowers of summer are a faded memory, fall tree colors have dropped to the ground, and the days grow shorter as we approach the winter solstice, bringing chilly, often damp, cloudy and dreary conditions. Yet, the changing seasons also bring about transformations in the yard and landscape that cannot be appreciated at other times of the year. Now that trees are bare, their interesting branching… Read More →
Although artificial trees have become quite common, having a fresh-cut tree for the holidays is still quite popular. A question we sometimes get is, “What special solution is best for keeping my Christmas tree green?” The answer is – good ol’ plain water! Research done at North Carolina State University a few years ago compared several homemade solutions to plain water. They looked at water only, water plus household bleach, water with aspirin tablets, and water with 7-Up. Nothing was found to work as well as clean, plain… Read More →
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