April 1 2006 Timely Tips

GARDENING CALENDAR

TEXAS COOPERATIVE EXTENSION

BEXAR COUNTY

BY DAVID RODRIGUEZ

April 1, 2006

  • Today is April Fools Day! Do not let your lawn and garden consume you. Remember, learn and have fun.
  • Tune up your lawnmower, and be sure the blade is properly sharpened. A properly sharpened lawn mower blade cuts the grass, a dull blade tears the grass blades.
  • Do not fertilize your lawn yet. Mow your lawn at least two times or wait until April 15. After that time, consider applying a fertilizer with a 3-1-2, 4-1-2 or19-5-9 ratio.
  • If you have not done so, this would be the ideal time to get those tomatoes planted in the ground or large pots. Consider the newest introduced selection of tomato, ‘Solar Fire.’ It might be the best tomato that you have ever heard of, bought, planted, grown or tasted.
  • For a unique flowering tree, consider planting the native Texas Olive, it has gorgeous funnel-shaped, white flowers. Hummingbirds and butterflies will adore it in your landscape.

David Rodriguez is County Extension Agent-Horticulture with Texas Cooperative Extension in Bexar County. For more information, call the Master Gardener “Hotline” (210) 467-6575 or visit our County Extension website at https://bexar-tx.tamu.edu

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