TEXAS COOPERATIVE EXTENSION
BY DAVID RODRIGUEZ
June 10, 2006
- To attract butterflies, you can plant coreopsis, coral vine, blue plumbago, butterfly weed, lantana, purple coneflower, yarrow, Duranta, and Texas Lilac Vitex.
- If you are looking for color for the hot part of the summer, consider planting periwinkles, esparanza, firebush, zinnias, Poinciana, portulaca, purslane, lantana, and Texas Lilac Vitex.
- Proper watering and mulching with organic mulch is the best answer in conserving water during this drought. Figs are especially sensitive to dry soil.
- Mulch four inches around new trees, so that they do not compete with grass. Do not cover the crown of any plant with mulch.
- Raise the blade on the mower to three inches or more if you have St. Augustine. Continue to mow the Bermuda at 1-1.5 inch. Keep the mower blade sharp.
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