February 24 2007 Timely Tips

GARDENING CALENDAR

TEXAS COOPERATIVE EXTENSION

BEXAR COUNTY BY DAVID RODRIGUEZ

February 24, 2007

  • Begin a Fruit Tree Spraying program alternating fungicide and insecticide once fruit blossom petals fall.
  • Put the containerized tomatoes in the ground towards the end of the month. Save some tomatoes for April planting and a few for May in case of weather problems. Consider planting ‘Celebrity,’ ‘Solar Fire’ and the new ‘Top Gun’ tomato selection.
  • It’s too early to plant Bermuda grass. It will not germinate until late April or early May.
  • Apply pre-emergent herbicides if you didn’t apply them last month. Read the labels carefully and be sure your weeds are listed. The weeds that are already up in the lawn may be killed by the coming heat or with contact herbicides like MSMA or glyphosate. Follow instructions on the label carefully.
  • Tune up the lawnmower and be sure the blade is sharp. Dull blades tear the grass, sharp ones cut it.
  • Check out the automatic lawn sprinkler system for leaks, broken pipes or heads, or wasteful misting.

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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