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Native Shade and Understory Trees

It's tree planting time! E.E. "Mitch" Mitchamore from Hill Country Natives selects native trees for shade, understory, fruit, and wildlife appeal. On tour, see how Jackie Davis turned a typical yard into a wildlife habitat. Daphne answers, "How can I solarize to kill grass, weeds, and nematodes?" Pick of the week is native damianita. Andrea DeLong-Amaya from The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center demonstrates how to plant a container plant. Special note: The third week of October is officially Texas Native Plant Week. Check out all the activities from workshops to garden tours.

Originally aired October 6th, 2012

Plant of the Week: Damianita


Tips of the Week

  • Plant trees, shrubs and perennials.
  • Plant herbs from transplants, including oregano, chervil, chives, parsley, dill, rosemary and thyme.
  • Sow seeds of cilantro, arugula and dill.
  • Plant cabbage, lettuce, spinach, carrots, broccoli and many other fall crops.
  • Divide bearded iris, daylilies, Shasta daisies and liriope.
  • Plant ornamental kale and cabbage.
  • Plant pansies, nasturtium, violas, sweet peas, stock, calendula and stock.

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Question of the Week

How do I solarize? Can I use an old shower curtain or should I use black mulch?

Featured Garden

Backyard Habitat Jackie Davis

Related Resources

Native and Understory Trees

Related Gardeners

Jackie Davis
E.E. Mitch Mitchamore
Daphne Richards
Andrea DeLong-Amaya