VOLUME 15, ISSUE 10 • March 7, 2019

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


Well, those were some unpleasant temperatures, weren't they! Maybe now we can get on with the business of springtime.

In this issue…
• Choosing the best fertilizer;
• It's time to apply pre-emergents;
• Other things to do now;
• Assessing the damage;
• Are these plants suited here?; and
• What's with "foundation plants?"

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Photo: Robin contemplates if spring is coming on ginkgo branch in Sperry home landscape this past cold Monday.


Gardening This Weekend

It's time to apply pre-emergent granules to lawns over most of the state!

I'll explain that and all the other things you need to do this weekend. Click through to see them.

Photo: Carolina jessamine is available in nurseries right now.


Assessing the Impact

Cold just a few days ago hit temperatures 20 and 25 degrees below the average lows for the dates. How much damage did it do? It's too early to tell, but I've peeked in the door, and I'll give you my limited insights.

Photo: Damage to dwarf gardenia twig is visible quickly.


Will These Plants Grow Here?

"I'm new to Texas, and there are plants I see being sold, but I don't see them in your books. Will these grow here?"

This is a cumulative list, and I'll give you my feelings.

Photo: Cherries are not well suited to Texas.


Question of the Week: March 7, 2019

"Neil, I'm re-landscaping my home. What are some good foundation shrubs?"

That's funny! That's a question I myself asked 50 years ago. My answer now is the same answer a nurseryman gave me way back then. Click to read it.

Photo: This landscape embodies what I'm going to tell you.


Choosing the Best Fertilizer

I'm often asked to recommend "the best fertilizer." As I start to give my reply I soon realize the person is asking for a specific brand. So let me tell you how I address that in broad-stroke details.

Photo: Use the best fertilizer - shop wisely.


And, in closing…

That's it for this week's e-gardens, but I'll be back with another same time, same e-mailbox next Thursday. If you enjoyed this one, please share it with friends.

In the meantime, I'll see you on my website, where we have podcasts, my 1001 FAQs and important information on rose rosette virus. Join me on the radio, or on my Facebook page. Or I'll see you in church. We can all use a bit of that civility in this day and age.

Until next week, thanks for reading!

And happy gardening!


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