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.
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Things to Do – December 2017 Greg Grant Cut dead perennials and tropicals back to the ground. Keep beds mulched and weeded. Cool season weeds do not take the winter off. Discontinue fertilization until cold weather is over. Pick up limbs and remove dead trees and shrubs from the landscape. Trim trees making sure to cut limbs flush with branch collar or next to another limb. Pot amaryllis, paperwhites, and chilled hyacinths for winter bloom. Clean, sharpen and oil garden tools as well as mower blades. Clean gutters…. Read More →
Things to Do – November 2017 Greg Grant Mow frequently until first frost. Discontinue using landscape sprinkler systems since our cool moist season as arrived. Mulch fallen leaves. Collect pine straw for landscape mulching. Cut back frosted tropicals and perennials. Remove yellowed or dead foliage from perennials and bulbs. Plant trees, shrubs, and vines to take advantage of moisture, cooler temperatures, and mild winters. Replenish mulch to 3-4 inches especially paying attention to tender plants/tropical which need 10-12 inches, depending on depth of roots. Fertilize cold-tolerant herbaceous plants… Read More →
Things to Do – September 2017 Greg Grant Prepare beds for fall planting by adding organic compost. Dig and divide oxblood and spider lily bulbs while in bloom or when they just finish. Mulch about 3 inches to prevent weeds and protect against winter damage. Plant cool-season leafy vegetables such as lettuce, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, kale, collards, dill, cilantro and parsley Trim hedges and shrubs last time before winter. Plant bluebonnets and other wildflowers. Barely cover the seeds and firm or tamp down the soil. Stop shearing fall blooming… Read More →
Things to Do – July 2017 Greg Grant Plant zinnia seeds for fall bloom. Plant marigold (marimum) transplants for fall bloom. Deadhead annuals, perennials and roses regularly to encourage re-blooming. Carry pruners with you every time you go into the garden to make grooming easier. Scout garden daily for pests or problems. Water beds and lawns deeply but infrequently. Lawns generally need irrigating once per week, azaleas once every two weeks, perennials, ground-covers, shrubs, and fruit trees once a month, and most shade trees only during severe droughts. Make… Read More →
Things to Do – June 2017 Greg Grant Plant heat loving vegetable crops like Southern peas and okra. Avoid watering St. Augustine grass more than once per week as frequent irrigation promotes gray leaf spot, brown patch, and take-all root rot. Once a month (if it doesn’t rain) is even better! Plant heat loving bedding plants like ornamental sweet potatoes, periwinkles, pentas, coleus, alternanthera, and purple fountain grass. Seed warm season color such as castor beans and candlestick plant, and zinnias. Plant heat loving tropical plants like Esperanza,… Read More →
There is a little cluster of educational programs coming up that should inspire and supply you with ideas for your own garden. First up is this Saturday with the Home Garden Tours sponsored by the Smith County Master Gardeners, a volunteer organization supporting Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service programs. They have selected 4 gardens of varying styles that you can stroll through to learn, ask questions and get ideas. Viewing times are from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m., rain or shine. Advance Tickets on sale thru May 29… Read More →
I’d like to introduce you to a different kind of evergreen groundcover that may fill a niche in your landscape. If you are originally from more northern parts of the U.S., you are no doubt familiar with the common evergreen shrub known as Yew (Taxus), which does not fare well in our area. Similar in appearance, but much more tolerant of our southern heat is Japanese Plum Yew (Cephalotaxus). This is a great plant that deserves wider use in the South. Plum yews have feathery, dark evergreen, needle-like… Read More →
Despite the recent cold and cloudy weather slowing down the start of our azalea blooming season, the official Tyler Azalea Trail annual celebration kicks off Sunday, March 22 with a ribbon cutting at the Pyron’s lovely garden on Dobbs Street in Tyler. Some nice sunny and warm days should speed up bud break and the wonderful display, not only on the Tyler Azalea Trail, but all across our region. I have written about azaleas many times before, and why not? Our climate and soils are so well-suited for… Read More →