TEXAS AGRILIFE EXTENSION SERVICE
BEXAR COUNTY BY DAVID RODRIGUEZ
November 6, 2010
Leaves are too valuable to put in the garbage. Mow them and let the material decompose on the lawn. It also makes good mulch or compost.
Clean purple martin bird houses of sparrow debris and close them up until mid February.
Check trees for flare roots. If none is visible, the tree is at risk from basal rot and other afflictions. Remove the extra soil to expose the roots, or call a tree-care company.
Protect or harvest cold-sensitive herbs like sweet basil. You can always dry or freeze them for later use.
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.