VOLUME 15, ISSUE 44 • October 31, 2019

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


We're sending this e-gardens out 30 hours early due to the oncoming cold front. I've tried to provide useful information to help you prepare for it. I hope you agree.

In this issue…
• "To-do" list before the first freeze;
• Lawn questions related to the cold;
• Bougainvilleas and hibiscus;
• Protecting bananas; and
• What to do right after the cold.


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Photo: Coleus cuttings must be taken before frost or freeze kills the plants.


Gardening This Weekend

Actually, this particular section will pick up after the coldest weather of the next couple of days. I'll have details of what you'll want to do this coming weekend. Click to see what I've assembled.

Photo: First frost will soon be on the groundcover.


Before the First Freeze…

With apologies to my good friends in the Panhandle where it was low 20s a week ago, many of your neighbors to the south will be facing their first freeze Wednesday and Thursday nights. Here are the things you really must do. Please scan through my list.

Photo: Take cuttings of tender plants like coleus you hope to save.


Lawn Things Relative to the Cold

I'm receiving a lot of questions about turfgrass and how this early cold might impact it. I'll address them if you'll click through to see.

Photo: Ryegrass on the Sperry hill one week after germination.


Question of the Week - October 31, 2019: Number One

"What do I do to protect my banana plant? I want to give it the best chance of surviving the winter."

My answer will depend a lot on where you are in Texas. I'll answer it several ways.

Photo: Bananas before the first freeze.


Question of the Week - Number Two: October 31, 2019

"Do I need to prune my hibiscus and bougainvillea plants before I move them into the garage for the winter? Is there anything else I need to do?"

I have a warning that you might want to read. Please take a look.

Photo: Tropical hibiscus loves heat, sunlight.


And, in closing…

That's it for this week's e-gardens. I hope it wasn't too much of a shock getting it early. I just felt it was too important to wait until Thursday.

I've already started planning stories for next week. Until then, join me on Facebook, on the radio, in my newspaper columns, at my website where you can hear podcasts of my programs and, of course, in church on Sunday.

Thanks for reading. Tell your friends, and until next week…

Happy gardening!


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