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ASK A MASTER GARDENER: For some roses, it’s pruning time
Pruning is an important step in maintaining healthy roses. It promotes new growth, maintains a pleasing shape, and maximizes the bloom potential. Now is the time to prune repeat-blooming roses such as EarthKind and antique roses, including the popular KnockOut.
ASK A MASTER GARDENER: What to do about wild aster
Wild aster is a cool-season plant that is a perennial in warmer climates, but may be a re-seeding annual in our area. In either case, applying a pre-emergent now would not be effective.
ASK A MASTER GARDENER: Chittamwood a thorny problem
Chittamwood is a tree usually found in open woods or along fence rows throughout Texas.
ASK A MASTER GARDENER: Dealing with freeze damage
Artemisia is a perennial, evergreen herb with delicate silver-gray foliage. It is best to wait until early spring when the temperature is milder to prune this plant. The damaged branches on top of the plant will help to protect the roots if we get another freeze.
ASK A MASTER GARDENER: Have oak wilt in your woodpile?
Oak wilt is a disease that has devastated the red oaks (Texas, Shumard and Blackjack) and live oaks in Parker County.
ASK A MASTER GARDENER: How to best prune a crepe myrtle
Crepe myrtle is probably the best example of a plant that has adapted well to our area. Although native to Japan, it was introduced in Charleston in the 1700s and likely came to Texas with the first American settlers.
ASK A MASTER GARDENER: Time not right to prune plants damaged by freeze
Ice storms will freeze the tops of many evergreen herbs such as rosemary, lavender, winter savory, salad Burnett, tarragon and thyme, but pruning now is not recommended.
ASK A MASTER GARDENER: Tips for planting a live Christmas tree
After Christmas, it is best to plant the tree in your landscape as soon as possible.
ASK A MASTER GARDENER: Is mistletoe harmful?
Mistletoe is a parasitic plant that grows in a wide range of host trees. It is spread by birds that rub the sticky berries off their beaks onto tree limbs or pass them through droppings. Seeds that are spread in February and March may stick long enough to sprout.
ASK A MASTER GARDENER: When deciding on a Christmas tree, go green
Did you know that you can “go green” this Christmas by choosing a living Christmas tree?
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