Gardening This Weekend: December 29, 2022

Here’s that short list of things to get done as time and weather allow.

Pansies, pinks and other annual color to spruce up your entry and patio.
Fruit trees, grapes and bramble berries, but stick with varieties recommended by Texas A&M. Your local independent garden center will be more likely to have varieties suited to your part of Texas, as will recognized mail order sources from here in our state.

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Do NOT top crape myrtles! We’ll give more details later, but if you’re about get out the saws and start whacking, just wait!
Begin pruning peach and plum trees to remove strongly vertical shoots.
Grapes to remove 80 to 85 percent of cane growth. You’ll have better clusters of higher quality fruit as a result.

Pansies and other annuals with diluted, high-nitrogen food each time that you water them.
Newly transplanted trees, shrubs with liquid, high-phosphate root stimulator monthly.

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Remove mistletoe as you see new clumps developing.
Apply broadleafed weedkiller spray to non-grassy weeds. You’ll need a warm spell for the spray to be effective.
Weakened branches of trees that could break should your area have an ice or snow storm or even a wind storm come spring.

Posted by Neil Sperry
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