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.


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.


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.


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?


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.

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Until next week, thanks for reading.

And happy gardening!


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