VOLUME 14, ISSUE 19 • May 10, 2018

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


Happy Mother's Day weekend! That's the most important part of my message today. But it wouldn't be e-gardens without gardening, too, and that's what we have for you as we approach the middle of May.

In this issue…
• Hydrangeas are showy right now;
• Controlling nutsedge in your lawn;
• Take all root rot in St. Augustine;
• Gardening tasks for this weekend; and
• Diane Sitton's inspiring ideas for porches.


The best book I've ever written…
When I made the decision to write Neil Sperry's Lone Star Gardening, I also determined that I wanted to self-publish it so I'd be able to choose my editor (Carolyn Skei) and graphic designer (Cyndy Smith). They are, after all, outstanding in their crafts and we've worked together for many years.

This book is the culmination. It has 344 pages and 840 of my photos. It was printed in Texas on high-quality paper, and it's a hardback. Oh, and it's not in stores (only from my office) and it's not on Amazon. I sign every copy, and I personalize them if requested.

Order this book from my website or by calling my office weekdays (800.752.4769). It's only $31.95 plus tax and postage.

Photo: Hydrangeas are popular Mother's Day gifts and garden shrubs as well.


Happy Hydrangeas

There are some secrets to growing these popular Mother's Day flowers, and some of them may be beyond your control. Still, I thought you'd want to see what they are, so I've assembled them for you today.

Photo: Vivid rosy-pink mophead hydrangea.


Diane Morey Sitton: Porches…no clocks allowed

She's inspired us with everything from garden art to fences. This month Diane Sitton showcases one of the best places in anyone's garden: the porch!

Photo: Think big. A tiny porch packs a big impact with its decorative railing and unifying white palette.


Question of the Week: May 10, 2018

"Neil, I have nutgrass coming up in my yard. What can I use to stop it?"

This is actually a true sedge, and there are very specific controls. I'll explain them.

Photo: Nutsedge is taking over this bermuda lawn.


Gardening This Weekend: May 10, 2018

Hopefully the past couple of weekends have given you time to get caught up on spring gardening activities. Now it's time for a fresh list, and that's what I've prepared for you here.

Photo: Plant annual color now for weeks of beauty.


Take All Root Rot Is Back

For a disease we'd not even heard of 20 years ago, this one is causing many of us lots of concerns. I'll show you how to identify it and what to do for it if your St. Augustine is starting out slowly this spring.

Photo: Washes of yellow are early signs of TARR.


And, in closing…

I hope you've enjoyed e-gardens this week, and I also hope you'll let your friends know about it as well. Copy and paste this and e-mail it or post it to your social media. You're our best way of increasing our numbers. (Thanks in advance.)


I'm already gathering goodies for next week's edition, so keep an eye out for it on Thursday. Until then, remember that garden centers have lots of fine gifts for this Mother's Day. I'll see you on Facebook and on my website. We'll talk via radio or podcasts. And as always, I'll see you in church.

Until next week…

Happy Gardening!


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