This article appeared in the January-February 2002 issue of Horticulture Update,
edited by Dr. Douglas F. Welsh, and produced by Extension Horticulture,
Texas Cooperative Extension, The Texas A&M University System, College Station, Texas.
Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for the Gardener and 'Yardener'
From The Weekend Gardener
- 10 . . .
- I will use a pesticide only when absolutely necessary, and will use the least toxic one.
- 9 . . .
- I will continue to wage war on fireants by using baits, such as Amdro and Logic, in the spring and fall. I will check out the Texas Two-Step method for fireant management.
- 8 . . .
- I will not water the lawn in the middle of the day, and will only water when it needs it.
- 7 . . .
- I will prepare the soil by adding pine bark when planting shrubs and flowers, but not when planting a tree.
- 6 . . .
- I will add one new “feature” to my garden this year (i.e., a new bed, a bench, a statue, an arbor).
- 5 . . .
- I will put up a bird feeder or plant a butterfly-friendly plant.
- 4 . . .
- I will mulch all flower and shrub beds to conserve water and prevent weeds.
- 3 . . .
- I will plant at least one vegetable crop in my garden (i.e., green beans, a cherry tomato, bell peppers, a row of corn).
- 2 . . .
- I will not overprune my crape myrtles.
- 1 . . .
- I will plant a tree.
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