VOLUME 14, ISSUE 44 • November 1, 2018

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.

 
 
 
 

Today started out with clearing skies (in DFW) and a crisp, beautiful morning. What a nice change from all the gloom yesterday. Hope you were able to salvage at least a few of your Halloween plans.

In this issue…
• Critical tasks of this time;
• Leaders in tree care;
• Best mowing height for winter;
• Fire ants in a frenzy; and
• Care for banana plants.

 

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Photo: Believe it or not, this beautiful wood was about to be thrown away. Instead, it’s now a gorgeous floor. See my story on Arborilogical Services.

 
 
 
   

Gardening This Weekend

There's something about a "November" date that puts gardeners on alert that critical jobs are near on the horizon. As in, "Yikes! It's gonna freeze soon!" I've lined up a dozen or so of the most pressing issues. Click to see them.

Photo: It’s time to plant pinks.

 
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Trees Rejoice at Their Sight

It was raining last Wednesday when Lynn and I paid a visit to Arborilogical Services. We wanted to see their beautiful new office building. We'd heard so much about it. I invite you: Come inside with me. Meet a couple of their people. See what makes them tick.

Photo: Belts and harnesses that have held some of the finest tree climbers in Texas.

 
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Fire Ants Are Everywhere!

If it's been raining in your town this fall, you probably have fire ants. They're just about everywhere. I have tips from Texas A&M to help you cope with them.

Photo: Fire ant mound following fall rain. Photo by Dr. Bart Drees, Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

 
 
 
   

Question of the Week: November 1, 2018

"Neil, should I raise my mower going into the winter? What's the best mowing height for my lawn?"

This is a really common question in the summer and again this time of the year. My answer may surprise you.

Photo: One way to check mowing height.

 
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Bananarama - What do we do?

"Will they mature?" and "How can I keep the plants over the winter?" Those are the questions I'm asked every fall about now. I decided this might be a good time to address them.

Photo: They've held up to the winds, but can bananas survive Texas winters?

 
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And, in closing…

 

I hope you've enjoyed e-gardens this week. There's a lot of good information in here.

Please remember to click through to the websites of my great advertisers. They make this boat float.

• You've seen a story on Arborilogical Services.

• Be sure, too, to look in on Lentz Landscape Lighting. They did the outdoor lighting at our house.

• And Dallas Plumbing Company. They do all of our heating and AC work as well as our plumbing.

• And RBC Roofing for Gutter Helmet. We have Gutter Helmet at our house, and it has been a salvation, what with the leaf drop and all this rain.

Until next week, thanks for reading.

And happy gardening!

 
 

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