As a contributor to Central Texas Gardener (CTG), I love to answer your questions and share knowledge on new and tried & true plants for our area. Check out some of my favorites for March!
- Can you cover twelve-year-old oak tree above ground roots with compost?
- Texas mountain laurel, Sophora secundiflora
- Can you mulch on top of live oak leaves that have fallen into garden beds, rather than rake them up?
- Mexican Tithonia, Tithonia rotundifolia, also known as Mexican sunflower
To Do in Your Garden
- FERTILIZE: Begin monthly feedings of hibiscus after pruning. Start a rose feeding schedule. Fertilize established fruit and nut trees with 1 lb. 15-5-10 per inch of trunk diameter. Berry bushes should receive 1/3 cup per square yard of planting area.
- DISEASES / PESTS TO LOOK FOR: Watch for aphids on new growth, spider mites on older leaves and cut worms on young transplants. Spray peach and plum trees for curculio weevils when 3/4 of the petals have fallen (repeat three times at two-week intervals).
- PRUNE: Prune hibiscus, also spring flowering shrubs and trees, after they bloom. Prune and train vines. Shape spring-blooming shrubs with light pruning after bloom. Allow bulb foliage to yellow and die before removing.