VOLUME 15, ISSUE 8 • February 21, 2019

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


This week has been cool across much of the state. Hopefully you've gotten a bit of gardening work done, and maybe the weather will cooperate in the next several days so you can get out there some more. I've put together things I think you'll find timely and informative.

In this issue…
• The facts on pre-emergents;
• Pruning blunders I've seen;
• Should you scalp your lawn?
• Tasks for this weekend; and
• Steven Chamblee welcomes spring.

A career's work inside its covers…
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• 11 chapters covering every aspect of lawns, landscapes and gardens in Texas.
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Order from my website, or call my office M-F 9-5: (800) 752-4769.

Photo above: Flowering quince is signal that spring is arriving.


Gardening This Weekend

As the floodgates of spring prepare to consume us, let's take time to finish up those last-minute tasks of cool weather. Check through my list.

Photo: Prune flowering quince only after it blooms.


Native Son: Impending Spring

Our buddy Steven Chamblee suddenly realized this week that winter is passing him by and spring is coming on quickly. He’s starting to worry.

Photo: And he looks so calm. Maybe that’s not the case.


Straight Facts on Pre-emergents

I'm being asked several times daily about pre-emergent applications - types and timing. Let me answer by listing the facts you'll need to know.

Photo: Prevent grassburs with pre-emergent herbicide, but when?


Pruning With No Purpose

When you pick up a hammer and saw you usually have some idea of what you're wanting to do. Why is it that some people start pruning with no goal in mind? They just start whacking away.

Photo: I've collected photos of truly bizarre jobs of pruning. I'll try to explain them.


Question of the Week: February 21, 2019

"Is scalping a good practice in lawn management? If so, when should it be done?"
"What can I do with the clippings?"

I'll give you my answers and explanations.

Photo: Scalping your lawn has its benefits.


And, in closing…

That's it for this week's e-gardens, but I'll be back next week with another. It was tough coming up with topics back in December, but we have so much to cover right now.

If you enjoy e-gardens, please (1) let our advertisers know and (2) let a few hundred of your friends know as well! You're our best means of growing our numbers.

Between now and next week I'll be hanging out on my website, on my Facebook page, around my podcasts and on the radio. Here's part of the radio line-up:

• Saturday mornings 11-noon: statewide Texas Lawn and Garden Hour carried by about 30 stations (see list on my website). (888) 256-1080.
• Saturday afternoons 1-3 Neil Sperry's Texas Gardening on KLIF 570AM in DFW. (888) 787-5543.
• Sunday mornings 8-10 Neil Sperry's Texas Gardening on WBAP 820AM in DFW. (800) 288-9227.

And I hope to see you Sunday in church where our grandson and I will be ushering. We’ll be looking to greet you. Unable to attend? Tune in online!

Thanks for reading. Until next week,

Happy gardening!


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