VOLUME 15, ISSUE 11 • March 14, 2019

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


Can you believe it! A beautiful weekend! We've worked hard to make an e-gardens to match.

In this issue…
• Wintercreeper for all seasons;
• Ivy on tree trunks and house walls;
• Dollarweed and dichondra;
• This weekend's top tasks; and
• Diane Sitton's tips for birdhouses.

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Photo: Unusual coleus paint a pretty combination.


Gardening This Weekend

Listen closely! The applause you'll hear growing will be the collective clapping of retail nurserymen across Texas as a great weekend unfolds before us! Get a lot of gardening done this time around, folks. I have the details.

Photo: Spring and summer annuals can soon be planted.


Birdhouses - Something to tweet about

Diana Sitton always has great stories and helpful tips, but this month she guides us to birdhousing success.

Photo: As spring arrives, a bluebird might have to compete with a chickadee to claim this nest box.


Plant of the Week - Purple Wintercreeper Euonymus: March 14, 2019

It's become one of Texans' favorite groundcovers, and that's a deserved status. This plant has performed handsomely over the past 35 years since we really started using it. Let me tell you a few of its facts.

Photo: This plant has two looks. I'll show you the other.


Question of the Week Number 1: March 14, 2019

"Does ivy growing up a tree's trunk hurt the tree? Can it harm bricks or stone on a house?"

In both cases, it could. I’ll explain how.

Photo: English ivy in the Sperry landscape yesterday.


Question of the Week - Number 2: March 14, 2019

"Is this dollarweed? What can I use to control it?"

It is not dollarweed, but I'll tell you how to tell the two apart and what to use to control each of them.

Photo: This weed has become very visible in recent weeks.


And, in closing…

We're at deadline and I'm out of steam. Just enough left to remind you to share e-gardens with friends. I'm shooting for 60,000 subscribers by the end of spring, but I need your help.

I'll be back next week with more gardening info. In the meantime, tune me in on my statewide program on many stations across Texas Saturday morning 11-noon, KLIF 570AM Saturday 1-3 p.m. or WBAP 820AM Sunday 8-10 a.m. Take a look at my website (podcasts are there), or join me on Facebook. I write for almost 20 Texas newspapers including the San Antonio Express News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. Or I'll see you in church this Sunday morning.

Until next week, thanks for reading…

And happy gardening!


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