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Ask Burton: Q: What are these white blobs on my crape myrtle and how do I get rid of them?

April, 23

A: That is crape myrtle bark scale and you do need to treat it. This pest sucks sap from the plant, making it less vigorous and reducing bloom. Sticky…

Ask Burton: Q: We have a Shumard red oak that is having its leaves devoured, and there are huge weird swarms of worms on the trunk of the tree. What is this and how do I stop it?

April, 16

A: The problem is forest tent caterpillars, a common pest in North Texas in mid-April. They’re social critters, usually concentrating on a branch or two at a time while…

Ask Burton Q: Now that the weather has warmed up, what gardening projects do I need to focus on?

April, 10

A:  It’s time to do a great many things in the lawn and garden! A quick overview of the most important tasks ahead:

Fertilize Everything! – If you…

Ask Burton: Q: I want to get my flowers and patio tomatoes off to a good start this year. What do you recommend as far as potting soil and fertilizer when I plant?

April, 02

We recommend two Covington’s brand products that we have had formulated especially for North Texas gardeners:

• Covington’s Premium Flower & Garden Fertilizer – Our easy to use Premium…

Ask Burton Q: We planted a Japanese maple two months ago and it has leafed out, but the tips of the leaves are beginning to turn pale white/tan. It’s not all that bad yet, but we tried a Japanese maple in the same spot last year and it died the same way last July. I planted it where the tag said – partial to full sun, so it’s on the west side of my home. Any idea what the issue is?

March, 26

A: This situation is an example of why knowledge of local gardening conditions is critically important. Plant information which is accurate in other states often falls short of the…

Ask Burton: Q: When should I fertilize my lawn and plants?

March, 19

A: Fertilize all of your plants now!  We’ve said it before, but the questions just keep pouring in about when to fertilize!  March is a key month to fertilize all of…

Ask Burton: This week, we’re talking about the upcoming lawn fertilization. Our lawns need a good feeding to do their best, but it’s quite possible to overdo things. The best way to do things right is to know where you’re starting from! Q: I have a St. Augustine lawn and last year, fungus ate my yard. Obviously, this is not ideal. How do I fix things properly, and make sure this does not continue to happen?

March, 13

A: St. Augustine is a vigorous turf grass that likes moderate fertilization; overdoing the fertilizer makes it prone to disease and insect issues. Here are a few things to…

Ask Burton: This week, it’s time to look at fertilization. After a long-drawn out winter, your plants are getting ready to shine again. Give them what they need to do so! Q: I planted a row of hollies at my property line to cut down on road noise, and I really want them to grow vigorously this year – which they did NOT do last year. Additionally, my purple loropetalum isn’t very purple – it’s got a lot of yellowing leaves. How can I get them to do what I want?

March, 06

A: Proper nutrition matters. The thick clay soil of our area has some good points, but it tends close to zero on available nitrogen (necessary for vigorous green growth)…

Ask Burton: Q: What do I need to do to get my yard looking good for the spring?

February, 26

A: As we roll into March, there are a few things we all need to do in the yard to keep it in its best look. Here’s a quick…

Ask Burton: Q: Can you tell me how to prune roses properly…I have bush roses and climbers.

February, 19

The normal rule of thumb for all bush-form roses is to cut them back by roughly half this time of year. Prune all roses back with a sharp pair…