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You know we're getting a lot of calls about people wanting to know how to cut back their plant, or when to cut back their plant. The deal is if you've got a plant that's frosted down or frozen down a little bit, you start at the tip and cut it back in three to four inch segments until you get to green wood. In other words you start cutting the brown, cut, cut, cut, and eventually you will see a green layer in there and green wood. Stop cutting there and then you'll probably have breaks from that area later on this year.

A lot of people are always kind of concerned too at this time of the year that their plants are all dead and look kind of weird. This pretty green thing here is called Archangel miastrum and it looks bad in the summer but it's a great ground cover for the winter. We also have a good ground cover a plant that can be used in rocky areas called sedum, and both of these are very difficult to find but will be available at the San Antonio Garden Center plant sale from 9-5 today and tomorrow.

So come by there it will be a good place to get out of the weather and find some hard to find plants. That location is at 3310 North New Braunfels right outside Fort Sam on Funston Street. Come by and see us 9-5 and we'll even show you the plants that are alive and the ones that are dead.

This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.

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