Category Archives: Gardening Notes

Gardening Tips for June

Even though we are an couple of weeks away from the “official” start of summer, as every Texan knows, when June arrives so does summertime. Here are a few tips for your garden and lawn for the month of June. Make plans to attend the Horticulture Field Day on June 26, at the Texas A&M Agrilife Research and Extension Center in Overton, where you will get a firsthand look at the very latest plant introductions. This free event starts in the morning and showcases the extensive plant variety… Read More →

Landscape with Fine Taste in Mind

  If limits on your gardening space or time challenge you to decide between your ornamental landscape and growing edibles for the table, why not take a look at both from a new perspective. Many vegetable plants are not only tasty, but also attractive. The crisp, bright green and red of new lettuce is a highlight in the spring. The dark green of summer tomato foliage sets off the red fruit, providing not only culinary rewards, but also visual ones. The sunniest spot in the landscape that has… Read More →

May Gardening Tips

It seems like our spring is similar to this time last year – very cool. Overnight temperatures in the 40’s and mild daytime temperatures will help keep blooms brighter and longer. But, the cool weather also slows down the rate of growth of all kinds of plants that thrive during the warm summer season. The East Texas Garden Lecture Series continues this month on May 17 with a program on learning how to install a drip irrigation system for your landscape, garden and/or potted plants. This morning session… Read More →

Jazz Up the Landscape

Have you ever looked at your yard and thought, “This needs something to jazz it up?” Something to make it more than just another ho-hum planting of “round green meatballs” as some of my horticulture friends like to call plants that look like, well, round green meatballs. There are lots of plants that can liven up a plain yard. Even one plant, properly selected and located, can make a striking statement and attract attention. The following is a very small sampling of plants with dramatic form or foliage… Read More →

April Gardening Tips

Springtime! Finally azaleas and other spring flowers are bursting into their spring glory. This is a perfect time for not only enjoying the fabulous scenery and landscapes in East Texas, but also for getting into your own yard for planting, cleaning up and creating your own personal paradise. There’s plenty of gardening things to do in the month of April, and here a few items for your list. Mark your calendars for the East Texas Garden Lecture Series which continues this month on April 12 with a program… Read More →

Location, Location, Location (Right Plant / Right Place)

Have you every fallen in love with a plant at a nursery and decided to you just had to have it? You take it home, and then wander about, wondering where you can put your newly acquired plant?  No? Then you probably are not a plant geek, like me.  That is just one way a home landscape can become a hodge-podge and not really look as good as it could. A much more common occurrence is when a home is landscaped with plants without taking into consideration the… Read More →

Valentine’s Day Gardening

Valentine’s Day is upon us, and folks are reminded of the special people in our lives. It should also remind us of a couple of items in our landscape and lawns that may need special attention. Here in Northeast Texas, Valentine’s Day coincides with the ideal time to prune back rose bushes so they will be ready to burst forth with strong growth as the temperatures warm. This is also the time of year to consider whether or not the lawn needs an application of a weed preventer…. Read More →

February Gardening Notes

February brings an increased pace of gardening activities. Even though the average last freeze of the winter season is around mid-March, there are many things that can or should be done in the home landscape and garden. Here are some items for your garden calendar. Rose pruning is a task that is done around mid-February. Valentine’s Day is used as a convenient reminder to cut back your rose bushes to increase their health and productivity. Pruning roses often puzzles folks who are not used to cutting back their… Read More →