VOLUME 16, ISSUE 31 • July 30, 2020

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


Today has been so busy I've not been able to check the statewide weather, but many of us are supposed to get cooler starting tomorrow. Hope that includes you!

In this issue…
• My replacement for lawngrass;
• Fast-tree follies;
• Almost out of time for nutsedge;
• The "to-do" list for this weekend; and
• Cole crops are at hand.

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Photo: Lantanas, native to Southwest Texas, stand up to Texas heat.


Gardening This Weekend

I've taken a poll, and I've made a list. If you click through to this week's schedule, you'll find the most critical gardening tasks for early August.

Photo: Spider lilies do best if they're not moved, but if you've been waiting to do so, this is your time.


Filling In for Lawngrasses

Full credit to Google Earth Satellite for this view of our 11 acres showing our house. When I tell you that we live in a pecan-and-oak forest, here's the proof. So, I'll show you the plant I've used in lieu of turfgrass.

Photo: That's our house as shown by Google Earth.


It's Cole In Here!

Horticulturists and botanists get that one. "Cole" crops refer to cabbage (as in cole slaw) and its relatives, and this is the time to be planting them across Texas - the next couple of weeks. I have the pertinent facts.

Photo: Cauliflower will do better in fall plantings than in spring garden.


Question of the Week - Number 1: July 30, 2020

"What's the very best fast-growing shade tree?"

Oh, don't go there, scout! I'm going to try my best to reroute the way you think. Please see what I've written.

Photo: With millions of trees growing in Texas nurseries, which one should you choose?


Question of the Week - Number 2: July 30, 2020

"My beds are overrun with nutsedge. What can I do to get rid of it?"

This is a horrific outbreak! It may fall to Plan B. See both plans in my reply.

Photo: Nutsedge ravages this reader's shrub bed.


And, in closing…

That's it for e-gardens for this week. Special shout-out to Gretchen in our office. Tomorrow will be her birthday. We've been teammates for almost 30 years, and Lynn and I are immensely grateful for what she means to us.

I'll be on the air this weekend. I hope you'll join me - better yet, give me a call! Join me on Facebook or on my website where we also have podcasts of my radio programs.

Wear your mask and wash it often, and please stay out of crowds. Your family, your friends, your pets and your plants are counting on you! And so am I!

Until next week, thanks for reading.

And happy gardening!


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