January 15 2011 Timely Tips

GARDENING CALENDAR

TEXAS AGRILIFE EXTENSION SERVICE

BEXAR COUNTY BY DAVID RODRIGUEZ

January 15, 2011

Proper planting and initial pruning techniques for young pecan and fruit trees is very crucial for long-term maintenance and potential yields, illustrations and information may be found at: http://aggiehorticulture.tamu.edu/extension/homefruit/pecan/pecan.html and http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu//extension/peach/peach.html.

Don’t fertilize newly set out trees or shrubs until after they have started to grow, and then only very lightly the first year.

Select and purchase gladiolus corms early while the selection is best for February/March planting. Consider multiple plantings every second week to have a prolonged flowering period.

If your perennials show significant winter damage and you can’t stand that look, cut them to three to four inches above their crown or simply wait till late February.

Mulch with finely shredded organic cedar or hardwood to about two inches and replenish this at least twice a year

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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