Sunscald on Maples

Sunscald on Maples

Hot temperatures occur every summer in Texas and can cause ugly scars on young smooth tree trunks. Sunscald is a physiological disorder that occurs on the lower part of the trunk on the southwest side, typically on young trees. Thin barked trees such as Japanese...
Lawn Watering

Lawn Watering

Folks, it’s officially summertime…hot and dry. Water is a limited resource in Texas, and it will become more limited as the population grows. Homeowners can conserve a significant amount of water with no loss in grass quality by learning to water their lawns properly....
Bill Adams – June 2022

Bill Adams – June 2022

The cool-season crops are winding down in the early summer heat wave. We’ve already had our share of broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, radishes, and garlic so we’re not unhappy that the warm season crops are off and running. This has been the best tomato year ever due...
The Tyler Botanical Garden

The Tyler Botanical Garden

Nestled at the south end of the Tyler Rose Garden are three unique gardens officially designated the Tyler Botanical Garden. Although the property is owned by the city and is within the Rose Center complex, the Smith County Master Gardeners have designed, funded, and...
Rosemary Makes Scents

Rosemary Makes Scents

Rosemary grows well in Texas and goes well with lots of things that we eat, including most meats and potatoes. It’s also pretty, historic, and a long­time symbol of remembrance. All you need is full sun and excellent drainage to grow it. Rosemary is planted from...
Periwinkle Blight

Periwinkle Blight

Periwinkle blight (aerial phytophthora) is caused by the fungus Phytophthora parasitica.  It’s the number one disease problem for annual vinca or periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus) and can persist in the soil for several years.  Sadly, it’s almost always caused by folks...