December 10 2011 Timely Tips

GARDENING CALENDAR

TEXAS AGRILIFE EXTENSION SERVICE

BEXAR COUNTY  BY DAVID RODRIGUEZ

December 10, 2011

Prolong the life of holiday season gift plants by providing them with simple care. Check to see if the wrapper on the pot has plugged up the drainage at the bottom. Plants perform poorly if over watered, they simply die. Keep plants out of drafts such as heating vents and opening doorways.

Now is an excellent time to transplant mature or established trees and shrubs while they are dormant.

Cut way back on watering the landscape this winter. Water the lawn and landscape only once every 2-3 weeks with one-inch of water; if we don’t get any rain. If it rains, don’t water for 3 weeks.

Suet is available in easy-to-use blocks that attract the woodpeckers, chickadees and titmice. Use metal bird feeders to keep the squirrels from chewing through.

David Rodriguez is the County Extension Agent-Horticulture with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service 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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