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Iris plant at a cemetary

What is Blooming? In addition to the lushness of the greenery, there are lots of plants blooming. Texas Mountain Laurel is a favorite plant of gardeners and landscapers in the San Antonio area. It only blooms for a few weeks every spring but the purple blooms are showy and the bloom fragrance is very noticeable. …

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mulched Vegetable garden illustration

March is the month when we usually transition from winter to spring gardening. Finish any necessary pruning this month. The idea with roses is to open up the middle and stimulate new wood. New wood is where the blooms are borne. A pruned rose bush can appear very bare with just 3 or 4 stems …

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“Some of the most pleasant outdoor days in Central Texas occur during the winter months making it the best time to garden. The lower temperatures enable us to work outside for longer hours planting trees, shrubs and winter vegetables that will continue to grow and get a head start on spring with less watering.” November …

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If you have raised bed gardens that you use to grow fall and winter flowers and/or  vegetables, it is time to make preparations so that you can be ready to plant in September. Two essential ingredients for a successful cool weather garden are compost and mulch. Compost is the basic soil enrichment additive. Incorporate 2 …

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Leaf Drop.  This summer it has been  common for shade trees to drop leaves. Prepare to see even more as trees that put on heavy leaf loads in response to the generous rains received this winter and spring, adjust their foliar load to a level that can be supported in the current dry spell. We …

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I see that broccoli transplants are already in the nursery. It is still very hot. Should they be planted now, or is it best to wait? As long as they can receive adequate water the cole crops (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and collards will do okay. If they are planted this early in the …

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It is an especially difficult time with sandburs and winter weeds. Here are some helpful tips to help keep them under control. If the infested area is not large, pop the plants out of the soil with the tip of your shovel. Bag the plants with their crop of burs for the garbage can. For …

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We have a lacebark elm that has been in the ground 5 years and was beautiful. The leaves suddenly turned brown and are hanging on the tree. We have been watering it heavily but it does not seem to be responding. Is there anything else we should do? Is it dead? Unfortunately the lacebark elms …

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The San Antonio Water System has proposed and some policy makers (SAWS Board Members and City Council Members) are supporting the idea of installing Stage 1 water use rules all year.  The main feature would be to limit lawn irrigation with sprinklers to once per week based on your home’s address.  Visit the SAWS website …

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Do deer eat red yucca?  We are trying to develop a low-water-use landscape that the deer will not eat. Deer eat the flowers of red yucca, but not the foliage.  Do you have esperanza, iris, Texas mountain laurel, thyrallis, vitex, four o’clocks, salvia, other yuccas and cactus on your low-water-use deer-proof list? What did we …

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