VOLUME 16, ISSUE 11 • March 12, 2020

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


Things are really changing quickly now. Leaves are popping. Flowers are blooming. Birds are singing themselves silly. What a fabulous time to be a Texan!

In this issue…
• Does river rock hurt trees?;
• Pretty pink bloomers;
• Too late for pre-emergent?;
• Tips for the weekend; and
• Diane Sitton talks potting sheds.

Neil Sperry's Lone Star Gardening
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Photo: Saucer magnolia in bloom in Plano earlier this week.


Gardening This Weekend

Much of Texas has been seeing rain this week. That's like "money in the bank" in these parts. I hope your area is getting caught up. Hopefully, though, you'll have enough good weather to tend to the important tasks at hand. I've made a list of the top ones.

Photo: Prune azaleas after they bloom.


Garden sheds: Making them your own

Diane Sitton shows us the wonderful magic of potting sheds and workshops. You’re going to love this!

Photo: A vibrant door and lush plants soften this tailored-to-perfection garden shed.


Question of the Week - Number 1: March 12, 2020

"I'm having trouble getting grass to grow beneath my trees. I saw river rock being used in a commercial landscape. Will this hurt the trees?"

I'll explain. See my answer.

Photo: Attractive river rock surrounds tree.


Saucy Little Number for Early Spring

Many people call this tree by the wrong name. It's not a "tulip tree." And lots of people don't even know that this plant is a tree in the first place. Or that it's a magnolia!

Photo: Saucer magnolia in Plano this week.


Question of the Week - Number 2: March 12, 2020

"I'm in a part of Texas where you recommended application of pre-emergent granules before March 15. With rain forecast this weekend, what should I do?"

I'll answer and give you relief.

Photo: The targets - Grassburs and crabgrass.


And, in closing…

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Until next week at this same time and same e-mailbox, I hope we can meet up at my website, on the radio, in your newspaper, via my podcasts, on Facebook or at church.

Have a great and safe week.

Until then,

Happy gardening!


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