Nuts for Pecans

Nuts for Pecans

Everybody in Texas loves pecans. It’s a law, I think. After all, it is our state tree. Don’t ask me what nut gave it a botanical name honoring Illinois, because I don’t know. It should have been named for Texas, Louisiana, or Mississippi, where they are most common in...
Color My World

Color My World

Folks, we’ve been through a tough stretch. It’s always “something,” but the gauntlet that included Covid, Snowmageddon, and this summer’s drought, capped off by my fall battle with both statistics and research methods classes at SFA was about more than I could handle....

When Do I Stop Feeding My Plants For Winter?

 When you think about it, nature doesn’t swoop in when the weather drops and pulls all of her nutrients out of the soil! When the weather rises your plants are in need of certain nutrients, when the weather drops the demand for those nutrients decreases. When...
Houston Rose Society: January

Houston Rose Society: January

Stop Treating Your Soil Like Dirt With Danny Wilson January is the perfect month to finish the construction of new rose beds or check the pH and soil composition of your existing beds. Besides water, good soil is the second most important factor in growing great...
If Your Sprinkler is Still On, Turn it Off!

If Your Sprinkler is Still On, Turn it Off!

Cooler temperatures and moisture are finally here. If you have a sprinkler system, fertilize more than once, and have a St. Augustinegrass lawn, you are almost guaranteed to have experienced brown patch disease (Rhizoctonia), a common fungus associated with cool...
Berried in Birds

Berried in Birds

Many amateur birdwatchers think that birds only eat seed. They don’t. Birds can be divided up into two groups; those that eat seeds and those that eat insects. Most are familiar with seed eaters like blue jays, cardinals, doves, and goldfinches. But many others like...
Giving Thanks for Gardens

Giving Thanks for Gardens

I’ll be honest. Growing something to eat in Texas isn’t easy. It’s often too hot, too cold, too wet, or too dry. We alternate from arctic blasts to Mexican heat waves. In addition to regular severe droughts like this past summer, Texas holds the record for the wettest...
Setting up for a Fall

Setting up for a Fall

Our hot dry summer was known for the color brown. But as the days get cooler and shorter, deciduous trees like baldcypress, blackgum, Chinese pistache, crapemyrtle, dogwood, ginkgo, hickories, maples, oaks, pears, sassafras, sumacs, and sweetgum put on an autumn show...