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Time to Plant Trees

Tree loss is at record numbers. April Rose from TreeFolks explains how drought impacts our trees over the long term, how we can help, and good choices for replacements. On tour in San Antonio’s historic King William district, visit a drought-tough makeover that started with tree renovation. Daphne explains how to properly mulch trees to avoid causing problems. Her pick of the week is Chinkapin oak, a trustworthy oak for smaller gardens.  Trisha brings fresh food to the table even if you can only grow in containers.

Originally aired October 26th, 2013 (Rebroadcast October 26th, 2013)

Plant of the Week: Chinkapin Oak


Tips of the Week

  • Plant cool-season annuals, to brighten up your garden for the winter. Dianthus, pansy, stock, and snapdragon are all good choices
  • Get spring bulbs to plant in a few weeks
  • Plant wildflower seeds
  • Plant lettuce, mustard and collard greens, bok choy, broccoli, kale, cabbage, radishes, carrots, oregano and thyme.
  • Plant perennials.
  • If you have a lawn, fertilize it with a 3-1-2 ratio fertilizer. After the extreme summer heat, most lawns are stressed, and now, as the temperatures have finally cooled down, turf has a short window to put on new growth, which will help it survive the inevitable stress of next summer. Just a little nutrition now will help your lawn survive current, and even MORE restrictive, watering restrictions, EVEN during a continued drought. Turf is much tougher than we give it credit for, and can easily survive long periods without extra water, with just a little help during cooler weather.

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Question of the Week

Why is it bad to mulch a tree up its trunk?

Featured Garden

Courtyard Garden Design

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Elizabeth McGreevy
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