February 3, 2020 Featured, Gardening Tips, News 1 Comment
  • It is still a good time to plant the recommended shade trees. They will shade the house and reduce your air conditioning coats. CPS customers can receive a $50 rebate for the shade trees they plant. Visit the CPS website or your favorite nursery for the list of eligible species.
  • Begin the weekly insect and fungus spray program on you peach trees as soon as the petals have fallen off the blooms. Spray in the evening to reduce the threat to bees.  Captan is a recommended fungicide and malathion is a recommended insecticide.
  • It is a good time to prune back the freeze killed stems on your plants such as esperanza, firebush, poinciana, lantana, salvia, duranta, and thyrallis. It is also time to prune your fruit trees and roses. Visit plantanswers.com for diagrams.
  • Plant pieces of seed potatoes in trenches one foot deep and 18 inches apart. Initially cover the potato pieces with 3 inches of soil. Add more soil as the potato plants emerge. You can begin harvest when the plants begin to bloom.

CPS’ Green Tree Rebate Program will reimburse customers $50 per tree for approved trees planted between Oct 1, 2019 and April 30, 2020. Trees must be five gallons or larger and from a qualified species list. Milbergers stocks the trees that meet the CPS Rebate qualifications. CLICK HERE for more information.

Written by Calvin Finch
Dr. Calvin Finch is the retired Urban Water Program Director for the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources.You can ask Calvin question and hear his answers on the air as he co-hosts the Gardening South Texas on the air at KLUP (AM 930) Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 2:00pm.