January 7 2012 Timely Tips

January 7, 2012

The 4 “P’s” to Gardening Success into 2012:

1) Plan

  • What do you currently have?
  • What are you going to plant and why?
  • Do you have the proper sun requirements and understand the eventual size of the plants?
  • Make a sketch off your plan and stick by it as well as adjust accordingly to with any appropriate changes.
  • A gardening journal is a good idea to track history on current and future projects.

2) Preparation

  • The key to successful planting and thriving plant material is proper bed preparation.
  • This consists of building up the native soil with liberal amounts of organic material.
  • Enriched compost worked into the planting zone at the initial planting stage and constantly mulching and replenishing the beds with hardwood or cedar mulch is the key.
  • This not only holds essential moisture in, but cuts back on plants watering demands and helps make essential nutrients readily available for plants when you fertilize.

3) Purchasing

  • Make a budget and try to stick to it.
  • Plant the right type of plants during the right season.
  • Utilize Extension recommend guidelines for your plant decisions.
  • Support your local independent nurseries, which take pride in carrying the best adapted plant material for your area.
  • Always work with a Certified Nursery Professional for advice in helping you pick the right plants and products for your landscape.

4) Plant

  • Quality and service should be your number one priority.
  • Select and plant quality plant material. Discounted plants are often stressed to begin with and should be avoided. Don’t take someone else’s problem home with you.
  • Purchase only what you can plant and get a Professionals Landscape Contractor involved with the big stuff.
  • When the job is completed, just don’t walk away. Even native or well-adapted plants do need some care and maintenance for establishment and long-term aesthetic qualities.


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 http://bexar-tx.tamu.edu.

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