VOLUME 15, ISSUE 43 • October 24, 2019

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


Urgent note about cold next week…
Just a few hours ago first hard freeze predicted next Wednesday over areas near and north of the I-20 corridor. Mid-20s in the Panhandle. 30 in DFW, 27 Wichita Falls, 29 Midland and Abilene…etc. Take necessary precautions.

There's a lot to cover in e-gardens this week. Some happy. Some sad. All important. Here's what I have.

In this issue…
• Legendary nursery hit by tornado;
• Keep landscape uncomplicated;
• Garden tasks for the next several days;
• Brown patch returns; and
• So does Steven Chamblee.

Lowest price of the year on my book…
This will be for a very limited time. Buy one for yourself and save on the second and third to give as gifts.

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• 344 pages and 840 of my best photos.
• Hardback and printed in Texas.
• Covers everything about lawns, landscapes and fruit and vegetable gardens.
• A quarter-century more up to date than my old "cowboy boot" book.
• I sign every book and personalize if requested (short inscriptions, please, due to vertigo).
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• Again, my website is your best way to order.

Photo: Happy Halloween!


Get well soon, my dear friend…

Early Monday Paul Talbot posted this message on my Facebook page: "Northaven Gardens Nursery facility looks like it was destroyed in the tornado. Apparently took a direct hit."

I'll tell you my history with North Haven and give you some more recent news.

Photo: Sign Monday showed typical North Haven commitment!


Native Son: Retrouvailles

Steven Chamblee has planted his roots in East Texas and it’s bringing out the little kid in him. He wants you to come see him at the Longview Arboretum’s Grand Opening November 2, but I’ll let him tell you.

Photo: It’s a great time to be in East Texas!


Gardening This Weekend

This will be the final weekend of October. In keeping, I've made a list of the critical goals you'll want to accomplish. Hopefully you'll find them useful.

Photo: It's pumpkins everywhere you turn!


"Simple" is Always in Style

Doing some landscaping this fall? It's the best time of the entire year if you didn't know. The best rule of green thumb is always to keep it simple. I'll explain.

Photo: Landscape is the frame. House is the picture.


Brown Patch Arrives

Ha! It's all in how you showcase your product. There's brown patch in this part of the Sperry home lawn. It's up by the county road, and I grabbed this photo as the sunshine filtered through the trees yesterday morning. Try to disregard the spotlight effect. Or, just click through for better examples.

Photo: Brown patch really does cause circular patches in St. Augustine turf.


And, in closing…

That's what I brought to the e-gardens table for this week. Let's hope next week will be filled with fun and flowers, not funguses and funnel clouds.

In the meantime I hope you'll tune me in this Saturday statewide via many stations 11-noon and on KLIF in DFW 570 on the AM dial from 1-3 p.m., also on Saturday. Then on Sunday tune over to powerhouse WBAP 820 AM from 8-10 a.m. Join me on Facebook, and click onto my website for podcasts of my programs and my FAQ pages. That's also where you can buy the book I described above.

Until next week, thanks for reading…

And happy gardening!


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