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Monthly Gardening Tips (Conventional & Organic) – February

This is a Great Time to Plant!

PLANT:
• Trees and shrubs so they will be established by summer. Avoid planting cold-tender plants such as: gardenia, oleander, and non-cold hardy palms. Transplant existing shrubs/trees that need relocating.
• Pecan and fruit trees, blackberries, and grapevines.
• Candytuft, hellebores, pansies, snapdragons, phlox, stock, dianthus, oxalis, heuchera & more for color.
• Herbs & cool-season vegetables such as onions, potatoes, asparagus, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, lettuce, artichokes, spinach & more.

PRUNE:
• Trees as needed to remove mistletoe, dead or damaged…

Monthly Gardening Tips (Conventional & Organic) – January

PLANT:
• Trees and shrubs so they will be well established by summer. Avoid planting cold-tender plants such as: gardenia, oleander, pittosporum and palms. Transplant existing shrubs/trees that need relocating.
• Pecan and fruit trees, blackberries, and grapevines.
• Pansies, violas, cyclamen, dianthus, ornamental kale/cabbage for winter color.
• Spring-flowering bulbs including daffodils & narcissus. Tulips & Dutch hyacinths that have been refrigerated for at least 45 days at 45º can also be planted now.
• Onions, potatoes, asparagus later this month.

PRUNE:
• Trees as needed to remove mistletoe, dead or damaged…

Monthly Gardening Tips (Conventional & Organic) – July

PLANT:

  • Annuals & Tropicals- Angelonia, pentas, zinnias, scaevola, vinca, moss rose, sweet potato vine, purslane, begonias, hibiscus, bougainvillea, mandevilla, esperanza, impatiens, coleus, caladiums, lantana & more.
  • Perennials-Pincushion, salvia, coreopsis, daylily, blackfoot daisy, hardy hibiscus, gaura, butterfly bush, coneflower, Turk’s cap, rudbeckia, Texas primrose, skullcap, coral bells, oxalis, ferns, hostas & more.
  • Trees, shrubs, vines, ornamental grasses & groundcovers (handwatering is a must in the summer).
  • Choose Crape Myrtles now while in bloom for color and mature size you want (shrub & tree-form available).
  • Bermuda seed or sod, St. Augustine & Zoysia sod –Water daily first few weeks while…

Monthly Gardening Tips (Conventional & Organic) – March

PLANT:

  • Annual & Perennial Color – Geranium, marigold, petunia, supertunia, alyssum, snapdragon, begonia, coleus, impatiens, dianthus, candytuft, salvia, oxalis, coral bells, blackfoot daisy, hellebores, phlox, gaillardia, etc.
  • Trees, shrubs (including roses), vines, ornamental grasses and groundcovers.
  • Pecan and fruit trees, berries and grapevines.
  • Herbs & vegetables – Lettuce, spinach, turnips & radishes. Tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, corn, and various beans later in the month.
  • In all new plantings, use Covington’s Soil Builder containing compost, greensand & expanded shale (holds 38% of its weight in water) to break up clay, add nutrients, retain moisture & revitalize microbial activity.

Monthly Gardening Tips (Conventional & Organic) – May

PLANT:
Annuals–Begonia, impatiens, lantana, angelonia, vinca, sweet potato vine, supertunia, caladium, moss rose, purslane, scaevola, marigold, coleus, celosia, pentas, zinnias, bougainvillea, hibiscus, mandevilla, etc.
Perennials-pincushion, salvia, coreopsis, daylily, blackfoot daisy, hardy hibiscus, ruellia, skullcap, Russian sage, gaura, Turk’s cap, Texas primrose, sedum, butterfly bush, coral bells, ferns, hostas, and more.
Fruit and pecan trees, grapes, and berries.
Trees, shrubs, vines, ornamental grasses, groundcovers including turf grass (handwatering a must in summer).
In all new plantings, use Covington’s Soil Builder containing compost, greensand, expanded shale (holds 38% of its weight…

Monthly Gardening Tips (Conventional & Organic) – November

Fall Is The BEST Time to Plant!

PLANT:
• Trees, shrubs, vines, ornamental grass, etc. now so they can get well established by next summer’s heat.
• Annuals & Perennials – Pansies, violas, ornamental cabbage/kale, cyclamen, snapdragons, dianthus, dusty miller, salvia, skullcap, blackfoot daisy, heuchera & more. Dig, divide & replant spring blooming perennials.
• Spring-flowering bulbs. Refrigerate tulips & Dutch hyacinths for at least 45 days at 45º and plant after mid-December. Daffodils and grape hyacinths can be planted as soon as you buy them.
• Annual or perennial ryegrass and fescue…

Monthly Gardening Tips (Conventional & Organic) – October

Fall is the BEST time to Plant!

PLANT:

  • Annuals & Perennials-Pansies, violas, ornamental cabbage/kale, cyclamen, mums, snapdragons, crotons, ornamental peppers, dianthus, salvia, gaura, coreopsis, asters, sedum, coral bells, and more. Dig, divide & replant spring flowering perennials (daylilies, iris, oxalis, coneflowers, Shasta daisies).
  • Spring-blooming bulbs – Plant daffodils now. Refrigerate tulips & hyacinths for 45 days+ at 45º and plant after mid-December. October is the time to plant garlic bulbs too.
  • Trees, shrubs, vines, ornamental grass. This is the best time to plant so they’ll be established by summer.
  • Annual or perennial ryegrass and fescue seed early in…

Monthly Gardening Tips (Conventional & Organic) – September

PLANT:

  • Annuals & Perennials- Fall petunias, mums, asters, snapdragons, crotons, ornamental peppers, marigolds, purple fountain grass, salvias, rudbeckia, coneflowers, coreopsis, sedum, coral bells, and more.
  • Trees, palms, shrubs, vines, ornamental grasses & groundcovers. Last chance to choose Crape Myrtles while in bloom to get the color you want.
  • Cool season veggies – Brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, lettuce and more.
  • Annual or perennial ryegrass and fescue seed in mid-September.

PRUNE:

  • Continuous-blooming bush roses by 1/3 to promote fall flowers, then fertilize & water to stimulate growth.
  • Spent flowers, leaves & seedheads on perennials; cut back…

Monthly Gardening Tips (Conventional & Organic) – June

PLANT:
• Annuals–Begonia, impatiens, lantana, angelonia, vinca, sweet potato vine, caladium, purslane, scaevola, moss rose, coleus, celosia, pentas, zinnias, bougainvillea, hibiscus, mandevilla, etc.
• Perennials-pincushion, salvia, coreopsis, daylily, blackfoot daisy, hardy hibiscus, ruellia, skullcap, Russian sage, gaura, Turk’s cap, Texas primrose, sedum, butterfly bush, coral bells, ferns, hostas, and more.
• Fruit and pecan trees, grapes, and berries.
• Trees, shrubs, vines, ornamental grasses, groundcovers incl. turf grass (handwatering a must in summer)
• In all new plantings, use Covington’s Soil Builder containing compost, greensand, expanded shale (holds 38% of its weight in water)…

Nandina Selection and Care

Nandinas come in a wide range of growth habits, with a variety of individual features that make them a versatile plant that can be used in most landscapes. This informational handout will demonstrate how nandinas should be used, how to properly maintain them to keep them looking beautiful, and individual cultivar information so you can select just the right nandina for your area!

Planting a Nandina

Most of the nandinas we grow in this area are very forgiving! They will grow happily in anything from full sun to around three-quarters shade. Several types will even tolerate heavier shade, even…