Tag Archives: Central Texas Horticulture

Practical Lawns with Dr. Chrissie Segars

  A patch of healthy green grass is the standard that many of our landscapes are held to, but can be challenging in the water-resource strapped Austin area. Join Dr. Chrissie Segars, Turfgrass Specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension for this webinar on having a practical lawn. Dr. Segars will share suggestions on what to plant and how to manage lawns to be more pest and disease resistant while maintaining water-efficiency. Click Here to Register Now, Live Program Has Limited Capacity Due to technological constraints, the webinar has… Read More →

In the April Vegetable Garden for Austin by Patty Leander

Add Perseverance to Your April Gardening Checklist Who could have imagined that our pandemic spring of 2020 would be followed by a paralyzing deep freeze in 2021? Gardening and restarts go hand in hand but the recovery and resets in the season ahead are still to be determined. Like many gardeners, I am wondering about the status of several plants in my landscape. Roses and dandelions act like nothing happened, lantana is showing signs of regrowth, Barbados cherry appears brown and brittle, and poor prickly pear cactus turned… Read More →

Backyard Bug Hunt Webinars: Fruit Tree Pest Management

Join us for this week’s Backyard Bug Hunt Webinar on Fruit Tree Pest Management Wizzie Brown, Travis County Extension Program Specialist – Integrated Pest Management, will share how to manage fruit tree pests. Meeting Information Date: Friday, March 26th Time: 10 AM Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUudu2hrDMpH9BwqrnI0r-tbgqkhVI3ZZow After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The webinar is free, you will not be asked for any payment information. Additional Resources Backyard Fruit and Nut Production Tips April Gardening Checklist for… Read More →

Micro-Orcharding in Urban Growing Spaces by Reed Burnam

Micro-Orcharding: Stacking Edible Diversity into Suburban and Urban Growing Spaces “Micro-Orcharding” is a high-density planting technique that allows for maximum diversity in fruit and nut crops in smaller planting spaces. This method works well in the city and suburbs where space is at a premium, but is useful anywhere. The concept is simple – you plant trees closer together than recommended. Then you keep the size of individual trees smaller year on year. This helps to maintain spacing and light whilst maximizing fruit diversity. Consistently reducing the size… Read More →

In the March Vegetable Garden

Starting Over in the March Vegetable Garden? Wow. The Arctic Blast of February 2021 was a doozey! Many cool season plants that normally can withstand cold, suffered damage or died during the week of freezing temperatures. I plant fava beans in the fall so that I can get a nice crop as early as January. They normally do just fine, even in a freeze, but not this year. The tops suffered a lot of damage, but have put on new growth in the days following the ice storm…. Read More →

Soil Nutrient Management for Travis County

Soil and soil nutrient management are the basis for successful gardening during drought or deluge. Soil provides the structure to store water and nutrients for plants to root and grow. Join Dr. Jake Mowrer, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist at Texas A&M University to learn soil basics. Dr. Mowrer will cover soil physical and chemical properties, nutrient uptake, testing, and fertilizers. He will also take questions for specific soil challenges found in Travis County, as time allows. Register Now, Live Program Has Limited Capacity Due to technological constraints,… Read More →

For the Love of Roses by Carolyn Williams

The love of roses is a subject that captivates gardeners and poets alike. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.” This is my fourth post on roses. I hope I’ve answered a few basic questions in order for you to have enough rose knowledge that you can either plant a new rose or help an older established one produce better sweet smelling roses. Fertilizer Basics Have your soil tested so that you know how much fertilizer you should… Read More →

Homeowner Landscaping Plans: Design & Construction

Design Your Own Landscape Master Plan Creating a landscape master plan is an important step if you are installing or redoing your garden. Join Travis County Master Gardener Sandy Stone who discusses design elements and construction how-tos. She also tells us that “You have to determine where you want to end up before you can figure out how to get there.” Sandy breaks the process into clear steps on how to develop an overall theme and then how to select materials and plantings to support the concept. Sandy… Read More →

Maintaining Roses by Carolyn Williams

Maintaining Roses is Easy Maintaining roses is one of the easiest things to do in the garden. The trick is to select roses that do well in our climate, plant them at the right time, and give them enough light. Best Time to Plant Roses Most container roses, especially Earth-Kind® or antique, can go into the ground most anytime as long as they have supplemental irrigation. But the best times to plant roses in the Austin area are early fall through early spring. Roses need to establish roots… Read More →

Plant Freeze Recovery Tips

Time to Remove Frost Protection Now that the record-shattering cold has left Texas, you now may be turning your attention to the plants in your landscape and wondering what you should do for freeze recovery. I walked around my neighborhood on the first day after the big thaw and was surprised to see so little damage. But my neighborhood is young’ish (I’ve been in my home 12 years), so the trees are all relatively small–no huge branches to break under the weight of ice and snow. Many cacti… Read More →