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Top Tomato Winners Are . . .

It was difficult to choose but Milberger’s 2015 Top Tomato Contest on Saturday, June 13th had a great turn…

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More on Lawn Grass

The issue this spring seems to be the light green color of our lawn grass. In most cases it…

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Questions for Calvin

Our zoysia grass is a bit off color and has clumps of powdery, rust-colored material clinging to the grass…

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Some June Gardening Tips


  • With all the rain, compost piles have high moisture levels. To encourage the pile to decompose quicker, add 1…
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Questions for Calvin

June 11, 2105:

Tell us again about the two-step strategy to control fire ants. They seem to be especially visible…

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Fresh herbs are one of the greatest ways to increase the taste of your food healthfully. I often toss…

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COLLEGE STATION – Satsuma Arctic Frost has been named a Texas Superstar plant by Texas A&M AgriLife Research and…

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Questions for Calvin

My St. Augustine lawn is not as thick as it once was. The trees have grown larger, and it…

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Questions for Calvin

I can’t believe all the slugs and snails this spring. The baits are effective, but a while back you…

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Shipments of new roses in stock arrives at Milberger’s Nursery this week: healthy, well rooted and just in time…

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April is a Blooming Month

By Dr. Jerry Parsons

DoubleKnockOPutRoses_bush-w-playgroundApril is a big month for planting.

PLANT: Warm-season annual color can be planted using trailing lantanas, cosmos, zinnias, firebush, copper plant, moss rose (portulaca), purslane, Dahlberg daisy, purple fountaingrass, and pentas for the sunny locations. For shade areas choose from begonias, impatiens, caladiums, and coleus. In heavily shaded parts of the landscape where grass is difficult to maintain, choose one of the well-adapted groundcover plants such as English or Algerian ivy, Asian jasmine, or mondograss

Put your hibiscus, bougainvillea, mandevilla and allamanda vines in containers for tropical landscape color.

VEGETABLES: April is a month to plant the gardener’s favorite vegetables such as tomatoes, sweet corn and snap beans and pepper. In April you can plant cucumbers, lima or butter beans, cantaloupe, okra, southern peas, pumpkin, squash, peanuts and watermelon.

Plumbago_Gardening_In_TexasMULCH trees, shrubs, vegetable garden and flower beds (after soil has warmed) with 2-4 inches of mulch. Pine needles and oak leaves make a good mulch for acid-loving plants. Spread coffee grounds around azaleas and other acid-loving plants and water as needed.

PRUNE: Prune pillar or climbing roses, wisteria, and Carolina jessamine as soon as they have finished flowering. Vigorous landscape shrubs will need frequent pruning).

FERTILIZE: April is the ideal time to fertilize lawn grasses after  the lawn grass has been mowed twice. Continue fertilizing pansies and other cool-season flowering annuals to prolong their bloom.

ON THE LOOKOUT FOR: Weeds can literally take over a lawn this month if they are not controlled. Frequent close mowings, hand-pulling or the use of a herbicide usually provide adequate control