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Explore “The Secret Garden” in AgriWorld at the East Texas State Fair

There’s a bug in our garden – quick, kill it!! Whoa, not so fast. Maybe it’s one of the thousands of good bugs helping our plants grow! Fall is coming – burn those leaves!! Wait! – There’s a better way to recycle leaves and not add to air pollution – composting! Besides, we are under a burn ban and cannot burn leaves anyways. Wish you had some more water for your plants? Save some rain for a drier day. So many of us have grown up in an… Read More →

March Gardening Guidelines

Spring is on its way. You can smell it in the air and see it in the woods. Daffodils, flowering quince, forsythia, deciduous magnolias, pears and plums are blooming, indicating cold weather will soon be a thing of the past. BUT, we are not out of the woods yet as the weather could easily once again turn cold. The average last freeze for the Tyler area is mid-March, about the 15th. Note the word AVERAGE. On the one hand, we may have already seen the last freeze, yet… Read More →

Prepare Peaches for Spring

It won’t be long before spring is here, pushing dormant leaf and flower buds into action. Some important orchard chores need to be accomplished before these sleeping buds begin to swell. This includes treating peach trees for scale with a dormant oil spray and the annual pruning of peaches. Dormant Oil Sprays Winter time is prime time to apply 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… Read More →

New Year Garden Resolutions

With a New Year knocking at the door, many folks are examining their lives and events of 2010, often resulting in making resolutions to do better. It’s not a bad idea to look back a little at your 2010 garden and landscape and consider what could be different or better. Let me suggest a few resolutions to add to the several you probably already have on your list. First, keep a garden journal. I have tried this in the past, and often never make it through to the… Read More →

Look at the Roots – Nematodes and Wimpy Plants

As you pull out frost bitten annuals and vegetables from the garden, be sure to examine the roots. If the roots have sections that are swollen, gnarly, or just not slim and smooth, then most likely your soil is infested with nematodes. Nematodes are microscopic roundworms. In our area, root knot nematodes are the most damaging to a wide variety of plants, including annuals, perennials and shrubs and trees. Root knot nematodes feed and reproduce in and on the roots, which results in poor performance of the infested… Read More →

Tip for Cleaning Up Perennial Flower Bed

I maintain a few areas that have a very wide assortment of perennials. Some of the beds also have a continuing problem with some weeds that require walking through the area for maintenance. Even though many of the perennials are marked, I’ve found that it is really easy to accidentally step on dormant crowns of plants during the winter months. So, when cleaning up the beds in the winter, cutting back winter-killed top growth, I like to leave some of the stalks and stems sticking up as markers… Read More →

Put Your Garden to Bed & Get Ready For Spring

This is the time of year to put your flower and vegetable garden to bed, and start getting ready for your spring garden. Now that we’ve had some hard freezes, annual flowers and warm-season vegetables have done their job and need to be removed from the garden. Cut back the browned tops of herbaceous perennials like salvias, rudbeckias, lantana, cuphea, cannas, and others. Chop them up and throw them in the compost pile. Even though they may be brown, ornamental grasses can be left standing a little longer… Read More →

Roses – Queen of the Flowers

At this time of year, Tyler celebrates the rose with the Texas Rose Festival. And for a very good reason. Roses have captivated admirers from time immemorial with both their enchanting fragrance and beautiful floral presence. Empress Josephine collected as many varieties as possible for her garden at Malmaison, France. Wars have been named after roses, and it’s our nation’s floral symbol. Of course, roses and Tyler are nearly synonymous terms, with a history dating back over a century. Celebrated with the Texas Rose Festival and displayed in… Read More →