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A Newsletter of the Tatum Highlands Community Association

IN YOUR GARDEN

By Pam Albo


Glorious Spring is right around the corner.


FEBRUARY GARDENING TIPS:


• Vegetable transplants can be put out now, such as:

Asparagus, chard, head and leaf lettuces, peppers, tomatoes, garlic, onion, melon, sweet potatoes and eggplant.


• Prune roses. Remove deadwood and crossing branches. Cut back to 50%.

Try to accomplish this by the end of February before the growing season begins.


• Add compost to ready the soil for the warmer months to come.


• Fertilize citrus trees


MARCH GARDENING TIPS:


• Plant shrubs to give them time to become established before the punishing hot summer heat. Examples: Texas sage, yellow bells, Baja fairy duster, red yucca, bush lantana, angelita daisy, red bird-of-paradise.


• Plant groundcovers such as trailing lantana to retain soil moisture.

Purple Trailing Lantana

• Plant flowering annuals, such as alyssum, geraniums, marigolds and petunias.


• Plant herbs, such as basil, chive, oregano, parsley, sage, and thyme.


• Prune existing shrubs. Remove frost damage, especially from bougainvillea and

lantana.


• Fertilize roses after each bloom. Continue every two to four weeks until mid-June. Be sure to deadhead after each bloom.


• Weed prevention. They are starting to grow and that’s when they are easier to control.


• Check your irrigation system for leaks. Increase watering intervals if needed.


APRIL GARDENING TIPS:

Red Bird of Paradise

• April is National Garden Month, Arbor Day, and Earth Day


• Last month to plant shrubs, annuals, and herbs before the summer heat.


• Shrubs, trees, and potted plants may need increased watering.


• Water succulents every other week.


• Finish pruning now before the summer heat arrives.

Opmerkingen


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