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Photinia Leaf Spot

If you have Red Tip Photinia in your yard, you are most likely familiar with the red-purple leaf spots that can appear on the leaves. This spotting is caused by a fungus, Entomosporium, and can cause damage to Photinia and Indian Hawthorn. Other plants in the rose family that may be infected include loquat, flowering quince, pyracantha and pear. We frequently see severe damage after periods of frequent rainfall, although overhead watering for lawns that hits the shrubs is also a factor. The disease starts as tiny, round, bright red [...]

By | 2017-04-26T08:52:11+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Plants|

Sweet Potato Slips

April is the time to plant Sweet Potatoes in Central Texas! Although they do prefer sandy soils, they are able to adapt to many different types of soil in your garden-just as long as it drains well. If you have clay soil or drainage problems, work in lots of compost and make raised beds or planting ridges 8”-12” high. You will want to plant your slips as soon after purchasing as you can, preferably when the weather is warm and settled. Don’t worry if your slips don’t have a lot [...]

By | 2017-04-20T09:43:30+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Vegetable Gardening|

Growing Roses in Central Texas

Knowing which class of rose you want to grow is an important decision. Shopping for roses can be confusing, and having a basic knowledge before you choose your rose can increase your chance of success. Roses with similar characteristics are grouped in to a number of different “classes”.   Hybrid Tea roses are usually grafted (budded) on a vigorous rootstock, and bear large, many-petaled flowers that grow on a long stem. They can bloom continually throughout the growing season, and many are fragrant. These roses usually grow quite tall, (3’-6’) [...]

By | 2017-04-20T11:38:01+00:00 April 19th, 2017|Plants|