VOLUME 15, ISSUE 52 • December 26, 2019

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


Welcome to our final e-gardens for the decade! It will also be a quick, but important and interesting read.

In this issue…
• The 7 best shade trees for Texas;
• A weedkiller tip for the winter;
• Why evergreens are losing leaves;
• Acorns and more acorns; and
• Gardening tasks that really matter.

Better grab you a book…
Thanks to all who bought my book as a gift in the past several weeks. I hope it was a huge hit.

If you're still wanting a copy, I'm still in the book business.

Neil Sperry's Lone Star Gardening
• My latest book - not in any way a re-do of my old cowboy boot book from 1991.
• 11 chapters, 344 pages and 840 of my best photos.
• Covers all parts of gardening for all parts of Texas.
• Only $33.95 plus tax and postage.
• I sign every copy. Satisfaction guaranteed or full refund.
• Not in stores and not on Amazon.
• Available only from my website. (Office will be closed thru Jan. 1.)

Photo: Nope. We didn't have a White Christmas, either. But it made for a pretty setting for my compact nandina from a couple of years back.


Gardening This Weekend

My bet is that you're covered up with a hundred other things. I'll boil the list down to the critical few things that need to be done now.

Photo: Peaches can be planted, pruned now.


Quick Garden Tip: Broadleafed Weedkiller Spray

I have a mid-winter tune-up for the non-grassy weeds in your lawn. If you're seeing clover, dandelions, henbit, chickweed, plantain and other broadleafed weeds starting to grow, click through to see what I'm suggesting.

Photo: A collection of broadleafed weeds.


Question of the Week: December 26, 2019 - Number 1

"What are the best shade trees for Texas?" I'm going to be planting a couple of new ones soon. When is the best time to plant them?

I'll give my list of go-to trees.

Photo: Fall color of Chinese pistachio in McKinney six weeks ago.


Question of the Week: December 26, 2019 - Number 2

"What can I do to stop all these acorns?"

If acorns have been driving you nuts, before you cut down the tree, click to see what I’ve written.

Photo: We have tons of acorns just like everyone else.


Question of the Week: December 26, 2019 - Number 3

"Neil, why are my live oaks, azaleas and roses losing their leaves?"

Easy answer, and I have it for you if you'll just click through to see it.

Photo: Reblooming azaleas flowering January 3 a couple of years ago. Note yellowing leaves.


And, in closing…

2019 has been a good year and you've helped make it so. Thanks for your friendship, and thanks if you shared e-gardens with others around you. I hope you'll continue to do so.

I'll be back at the same time (Thursday evening) next week, next year and next decade with our next edition of Neil Sperry's e-gardens.

Until then, I'll be looking for calls as I do live radio. Catch podcasts on my website. Join me on Facebook, and look for me in your local newspaper. (I write for a dozen.) Our family will be hanging out in church this weekend, and I'm sure we'll be grabbing a burger sometime somewhere.

So until all of that happens,

Happy New Year, and
Happy Gardening!


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