April 21 2007 Timely Tips

GARDENING CALENDAR

TEXAS COOPERATIVE EXTENSION

BEXAR COUNTY BY DAVID RODRIGUEZ

April 21, 2007

  • Control thrips insect on roses and other plants with a systemic insecticide like acephate or disulfoton.
  • Do not mow wildflowers until seed has properly matured.
  • Thin peach tree fruits to one peach every six-to-ten inches apart. Remember a peach tree only needs about 10% of its possible 5,000 flowers to set fruit for a nice crop.
  • Feed all resprouting plants growing in the ground with a 3-1-2 analysis such as a 19-5-9 ratio.
  • ‘Don’t Bag’ lawn clippings. Mow desired actively growing turf grass every seven days with a mulching blade and remove no more then 1/3 of the existing canopy at any given time. Let the free fertilizer clippings fall back into building the soil or let them dry out and incorporate them into the compost heap.

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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