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.…
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.…
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:
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.…
Do you ever wish that you could capture the precious rainwater that falls all too infrequently?
While it is impossible to save all the rain that occasionally soaks your property, you may capture a significant amount for later use.
Harvesting rainwater for use in home landscapes saves money, reduces demand on municipal water supplies, makes efficient use of a valuable resource and helps to reduce flooding, erosion and contamination of surface water from runoff.…
While dried herbs are readily available, fresh herbs add a special zest to most dishes, especially if the herbs are cultivated in your own garden.
Growing herbs at home is easy, takes little space and ensures freshness that simply can’t be found in store-bought fare.
This year, grow a few herbs to perk up your culinary creations!…
Texans regularly drive the highways each spring in search of wildflowers.
Blue, red, pink and yellow flowers abound.
We seldom give the colors green, bronze or buff a second thought, even though our prairies, hillsides, woodlands and waterways are filled with native grasses in these hues!
Not to be confused with high-maintenance turf, the grasses of field and stream typically fend for themselves.…
Tulips may rule in Amsterdam, but irises reign supreme in North Central Texas.
These bulbous perennial plants score points for their ease of cultivation, durability, beauty, variety and ability to withstand weather extremes.
Many other spring flowers are pretty, but irises simply steal the show with its exquisite blooms.
No garden should be without irises, particularly since they are so easy and inexpensive to obtain.…