About Mary Kay Pope

Mary Kay is an asset to Backbone and a wealth of knowledge! Many customers come in and ask for her by name for all their plant questions. It’s no wonder why, as Mary Kay has 43 years of experience in the horticulture field. She holds a B.S. in Horticulture from Ohio State University, and a TMCNP and a TCLP from Texas Association of Nurserymen, and a Specialist in Urban Trees Certification from Texas A&M.

Grow Lettuce From Seed in the Garden

I have heard many gardeners lament that their lettuce seed will not germinate. Perhaps looking at what lettuce seed requires in order to germinate will help those who have had difficulty with germination in the past. Lettuce grows best in a soil amended with well-decomposed compost, such as our Vegan Compost, or Ladybug Revitalizer Compost. Because it is a leafy crop, lettuce responds to relatively high levels of fertility. Add 2 teaspoons of Happy Frog Marine Cuisine or Happy Frog Tomato and Vegetable Fertilizer per square foot of planting area, [...]

By | 2017-04-24T17:42:30+00:00 April 1st, 2017|Vegetable Gardening|

Agave Snout Weevils

The Agave Snout Weevils are at it again! The females have spent the past spring chewing into the Agaves and Yuccas and laying their eggs.  They chew into the leaf bases, leaving behind a bacteria (Erwinia) as they go. That bacteria rots the heart of the plant. A small hole at the base of the leaf may indicate the entrance of the beetle.  The eggs have now hatched into grub-like larvae, and have tunneled into the rotting heart of the plant. Unfortunately, by the time that you see the damage [...]

By | 2017-04-24T17:38:03+00:00 April 1st, 2017|Insects|

Controlling Grubs in Texas Lawns

What Are Grubs? Grubs are a common nuisance in Texas lawns. There are actually 100 different types of scarab beetles in Texas that have a similar lifecycle and designated as white grubs, grub worms, June bugs, or May beetles. These bugs are harmless to pets and humans other than being a nuisance. The adult beetle does no direct damage to any plant, but its larval form can do significant damage to root systems of warm season turf grasses, vegetables, and ornamental plants. Plants damaged by grubs will have weak growth [...]

By | 2017-07-27T07:42:18+00:00 April 1st, 2017|Insects|