RSSHorticulture

Not too late to help plants through seasonal transition

November 22, 2014
Not too late to help plants through seasonal transition

Gardens need extra attention as temperatures plunge.

In fall, landscape plants typically prepare themselves for winter, but this year they faced early freezes. However, it is not too late to help plants through this seasonal transition. Assist them by energetically tackling issues that stress plants and by attending to seasonal chores.

Continue Reading

Prepare now for winter

November 8, 2014
Prepare now for winter

November brings a changing landscape.

Temperatures are cooler, flowers are fading, and leaves are dropping. This month, North Central Texas will likely experience the season’s first freeze, and winter will call a halt to the fall growing season.

Use what remains of the pleasant fall weather to complete outdoor chores and projects.

Continue Reading

Build your own scarecrow

October 25, 2014
Build your own scarecrow

Scarecrows have been used to guard crops for centuries. Despite their practical origins, today’s characters are particularly well dressed with hats, gloves and scarves!

A creature of many forms and faces, the scarecrow charms or spooks, depending on its primary purpose. Scarecrows have been known to loaf on the porch, work in the fields, guard the fence or simply hang out in the garden.

Continue Reading

Select these fall favorites

October 11, 2014
Select these fall favorites

October promises to give us a break from the scorching weather that typically lingers well past summer.

With any luck, temperatures will drop and rainfall will fall, triggering colorful blooms and signaling autumn’s arrival.

A few fall favorites for North Central Texas include:

COSMOS

Although many cosmos bloom in early-to-mid summer, others vigorously bloom in fall – particularly yellow and orange-colored varieties.

Continue Reading

Create ornamental grass design

September 27, 2014
Create ornamental grass design

Beautiful gardens consist of myriad plant types, such as flowers, vines, shrubs and trees.

In modern gardens, ornamental grasses are also considered essential building blocks in a well-conceived garden design. They provide color, structure and movement, even when other plants go dormant. Grasses offer endless versatility, come in many forms and may be used in a variety of situations.

Continue Reading

14 timely tips for fall gardens

September 13, 2014
14 timely tips for fall gardens

Fall is prime gardening season in North Central Texas.

Most plant types require attention – everything from wildflowers to trees.

Specific tasks include planting, pruning, fertilizing and controlling pests or disease. Take advantage of fall’s moderating weather to tackle the following tasks:

1. Plant trees and shrubs in fall or winter to allow plenty of time for roots to establish before the return of summer heat.

Continue Reading

Utilize plants to heat or cool

August 30, 2014
Utilize plants to heat or cool

Strategic placement of landscape plants can afford your home or office significant energy savings by helping to warm or cool structures.

In a perfect world, buildings and plants work together to save energy while keeping people comfortable year-round.

The position of a structure on its site determines its exposure to heat and cold.

Continue Reading

Working in summer garden pays off

July 26, 2014
Working in summer garden pays off

MID-SUMMER PLANTING: Start cool-season flower and vegetable seeds in indoor trays. You will get a jump on fall planting but beat the summer heat.

By mid-summer, it is tempting to “let the garden go.”

It’s hot.

The bugs are biting.

The flowers are waning. And attitudes are wilting.

It’s daunting, but you must get outside and work.

Continue Reading

Square-foot gardening maximizes space

July 26, 2014
Square-foot gardening maximizes space

YOU DON’T NEED MUCH SPACE: Learn how to create a thriving vegetable garden in a small space, raised bed or container by attending the square-foot gardening seminar on Aug. 7.

Hood County AgriLife Extension Agent Marty Vahlenkamp will present a program about square-foot gardening.

The seminar takes place Thursday, Aug. 7, at 6:30 p.m.

Continue Reading

High humidity brings disease

July 5, 2014

As grateful as gardeners are for rain, high humidity can promote fungal diseases and other pesky garden and lawn problems.

Keep an eye out for the following:

POWDERY MILDEW

This common plant disease is one of many mildew fungi.

As the fungus grows, it releases spores that blow in the wind and land on other plants.

Continue Reading