Garden Maintenance 101
Designer Ginger Hudson spares us mistakes from tools to plants with interactive how-to for every season in her iBook, A Guide to Landscape Maintenance for Central Texas Gardens. On tour in Hutto, home of the hippos, Donna and Mike Fowler spark a family creative co-op of art, food, wildlife and fun.
Daphne multi-tasks hair clips to control unruly vines. Her Plant of the Week, ornamental kale, chases off the winter blues. John Dromgoole shows how to start seeds indoors with some new tricks.
Originally aired January 18th, 2014 (Rebroadcast January 18th, 2014)
Tips of the Week
- Plant trees, shrubs, and roses.
- Move trees, shrubs and roses while dormant.
- Prune trees, especially live oaks and red oaks that we should prune before Feb. 1. Avoid painting cuts on any trees other than oak trees.
- Plant fruit trees, berries, grapes, asparagus and onions.
- Plant hardy perennials like columbine, penstemon, Texas betony, coneflower.
- Not too late to plant a few cold weather annuals like calendula, pansy, viola, ornamental kale, and alyssum. Get transplants, rather than trying to seed this late.
- Weed! It’s easier to pluck them now while the soil is soft and they are small.
- Avoid using weed killers. It’s faster to pull weeds.
- Avoid too much clean-up just yet. It’s okay to cut back definitely “soft” plants like ‘Black and Blue’ salvia.
- Prune woody Salvia greggii. Clean up any rotted wood. Cut back several inches to tidy up, but not to the ground. Perhaps 1/3 its height.
- It’s ideal to leave some dormant perennials with seed heads to feed small birds. Asters, zexmenia, mistflower, and others will feed birds in these cold days.
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Question of the Week
What's an easy way to tie up vines and climbing roses?
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