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Ask Burton: This week, a question about one of our favorite vegetable garden crops. Q: I plant onions every year and I just can’t get them to grow as large as I want. How can I do better?

January, 12

A: There are several things which can help. We’re going to go over how to do this in your existing vegetable garden.

Prepare the planting area where you intend…

Ask Burton: Q: When can we start planting veggies in our garden?

January, 06

A: Now is the time to start planting some of your early-season vegetables!  Here are the first things to plant:

• Onions  – Plant sets directly in to the…

Ask Burton: This week, we’re looking at soil, and how you should treat your trees versus the rest of the landscape. Q: I have a new flowerbed that I want to thrive on the west side of my home, and I also want to plant a tree nearby to eventually provide shade in the afternoon. How should I prepare the soil for these?

December, 29

A: If there’s one thing that unites almost all our Metroplex area gardeners, it’s a near universal dislike of the black clay that most of us have to deal…

Ask Burton: This week, a question of plant hardiness. Q: Can I still plant when it’s this cold?

December, 22

A: Absolutely. Overall, we don’t get THAT cold, and if a plant is cold hardy enough to tolerate our winter normally, it’s still likely just fine in-ground now, even…

Ask Burton: Q: When do I prune back my perennial beds?

December, 16

A: We can help! This is how we tend to break them down.
• Prune before hard freezing weather – any tender perennial! Lantana comes to mind, and…

Ask Burton: Q: This week, rather than a question, we’re sharing a reminder about timely tasks…and one that’s already past time. Let’s see if we can fit it all in, preferably on a mild weather day!

December, 08

• We still have customers coming to the nursery asking for pre-emergent herbicides, but it’s just too late for them to do much right now. Please apply your pre-emergent…

Ask Burton: This week, a mention of a common issue we’ve been hearing a lot of, lately. Q: I have new Eastern red cedars which are turning an odd color right now – the leaves are still pliable, but it’s getting darker colored, almost grey or reddish-brown in some places. Not all of my red cedars are doing this – I have a number of them on my property but it’s sporadically happening along my row. Is there something I can do to fix this?

December, 02

A: Happily, no fix is necessary. Many plants show a bronzing of foliage when they’re exposed to cold. Eastern red cedars color this way, and it’s variable from individual…

Ask Burton: Q: My azaleas have thinned and I’m dealing with some sort of spotting on the leaves. What is this, and how do I make it stop?

November, 24

A: This is a disease called cercospora leaf spot, and it’s an unsightly disease. Thankfully, it usually won’t kill a plant but it can weaken them by thinning out…

Ask Burton: This week, we’re looking at color for a shady porch – not the easiest thing to do in the cool season. Q: I have a shady covered porch on the north side of my home, and I really want some color for the winter. What can I do? Pansies never thrive well, and I’m pretty sure it’s too dark.

November, 19

A: Color in shady areas in winter is difficult! It takes a lot of energy to put out a lot of nice blooms, and you just aren’t getting enough,…

Ask Burton: Q: This week, we want to remind people that time is moving; there’s some things to do BEFORE we get cold.

November, 09

A: Please try to plant winter color as soon as possible!

Your summer and fall flowers may look outstanding right now, but don’t be swayed. It’s important to get…