VOLUME 18, ISSUE 34 • August 25, 2022

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


Good golly, much of Texas got some rain. And cooler weather. Marching bands, football teams, highway crews, landscapers and gardeners are all celebrating. Yahoo!

In this issue…
Prime time to prevent winter weeds!
This weekend's other tasks;
Copper plants are personal favorites;
Time to re-plant that tree; and
Our remodeled Q&A section.

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Photo: Fire Dragon' copper plant may be one of the prettiest plants around!


Gardening This Weekend

With a respite from the summer heat we're ready to take on this weekend's gardening activities. I've made a list of the important among them. Click through to see them.

Photo: Plant cool-season leafy and root vegetables like radishes now.


Prime Time for Pre-emergents

The next two weeks are your only chance to avoid grassy weeds that will plague a majority of Texas lawns early next spring. Miss this treatment and you will have blown it. I'll give you the important details.

Photo: Annual bluegrass (Poa annua) is a national scourge.


Copper plants are long-time favorites

I go back with copper plants a long time. I grew up in College Station when it was a tiny town of 5,000 people. We did a lot of our shopping in Houston and that's where I'm going to pick up my story.

Photo: I fell in love with this plant when I was 13.


Sometimes You Just Start Over

I get this question several times a year. People wonder how best they can pull or prop a tree that is just "a little out of plumb" back to the vertical. When they ask, I'm picturing this poor tree in my mind. Let me share what I tell them.

Photo: Lacebark elm needs a bit of attention.


Ask Neil

This week we have stump rot, root rot, bermuda rot and bark rot. Makes you want to rush to click right to its page, doesn't it!


And, in closing…

Pardner, we've come to the end of another trail, but we'll pick up some fresh horses and head out again same time next week.

In the meantime, if you've enjoyed e-gardens, tell an advertiser and tell a friend. You didn't pay to get in here. All I ask is that you help us spread the good news.

Have a great gardening weekend. Tune me in on the radio or check out the podcasts on my website.

Until next week,

Happy Gardening!


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