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...
Still Playing with Blocks

Still Playing with Blocks

We were raised pretty lean and didn’t have that many toys other than bicycles, plenty of pets, and the great outdoors.   However, one of my fondest store-bought toys as a child was a stack of wooden blocks.   It came in a red mesh “onion sack” bag which I quickly wore...
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....
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...
Tis the Season

Tis the Season

After teaching about growing your own sweet potato slips recently, I realized that I need to do a better job of explaining seasonality and adaptation in growing plants. In that case, I was talking about the difference in “Irish potatoes” and sweet potatoes. Irish...
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...