Gill's Garden News

February 2013

 

"If you don't like the weather in Texas, wait a few minutes, it'll change." That saying is so true! January brought us frigid wet days followed by sunny spring like days. What a treat! One can only guess what our weather will be over the next month but you can be sure we will have the best plants and flowers, with the nicest knowledgeable staff in town; rain or shine. Valentine's Day is Thursday February 14th! We've got lots to make your honey smile! We deliver too!

 

Spring Garden Seminars for 2013

Seminars are held at are Airline store location.  Saturdays from 10:00am to 11:00am

 Our Gill Garden Talks are a great way to learn more about successful gardening in our area.

 

February 2nd "Water Wise Your Landscapes & Irrigation"

Speakers Phillip Elbert, landscape designer, Gill Landscape Nursery & Robert Schmitchel, president, ABC Irrigation Co.

 

February 9th "Spring Flowers For South Texas"

Speaker Lauren Jones Kirchner, sales representative, Spring Creek Growers, Magnolia, Texas 10 to 11am

 

February 16th "Best Of The West Garden Designs For South Texas"

Speaker Kathy Hubner, APLD Certified Landscape Designer,

 

February 23rd "Best Of The West Plants For South Texas"

Speaker James Szadek of Monrovia Growers, CA.

 

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City of Corpus Christi

Watering Restriction Stage II

 

"For clarification, in Stage II, you will be allowed to water landscapes with a sprinkler or sprinkler system between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. You may also water between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., but only by bucket or hand-held hose. If we get to Stage III restrictions, you could water every other day, odd or even, depending on your address. So there is more watering time available than you need or should use. Once a week watering of established trees, shrubs and lawns is more than adequate for all but the very hottest weeks of summer. Let's all water sensibly, which the restrictions allow you to do while still providing plenty of water for your lawn."  -James Gill

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Watering:

  • Only as needed - but dry cold fronts, high winds and low humidity can dry plants quickly.
  • Established lawns only need water every couple of weeks, provided we don't get rain.
  • Be sure to check your sprinkler system and adjust accordingly.

Lawn Care:

  • Now is the time to apply pre-emergent weed control to your lawn. Here is the one that works for us: Green Light Amaze. It controls some broad leaf and grass weeds including sand burs. It will not kill already growing weeds; rather, it keeps the seeds from germinating.
  • You can overseed your lawn now with winter rye grass seed (or fill bare spots with this seed) at the rate of 1Lb. per 100 sq. ft.We have it in 5 to 50 Lb bags.
  • Fertilize your lawn when it begins actively growing. This is usually late February to mid March. 
     

We offer a large selection of lawn fertilizers including our own special formula and many organic blends that feed your lawn and soil. Come in and ask one of our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals to help you pick the best one for your lawn. All fertilizers require water to work.

Plan on watering once you apply

  • Eliminate broad leaf weeds with Image or Ortho Weed-B-Gon for southern lawns.
  • Lay new sod anytime.

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Gill Staff Picks: DeAnna Baumgartner,

manager of our Alameda store

Cuban Gold Duranta

I planted these at the corner of my house to surround my Hamelia/Firebush thinking that the chartreuse shrub would be about 3 feet tall. To my surprise it grew to 6 feet tall in 1 growing season! It is a beautiful color contrast against dark green foliage with the added bonus of lavender flowers when left un-pruned.

 

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Plant:

  • Vegetable seeds - beans, beets, broccoli, carrots, collards, dill, lettuce, mustard, parsley, Swiss chard and turnips
  • Vegetable Transplants -tomatoes any time this month, peppers, squash and watermelon at the end of the month. Protect these from late freezes
  • Flower Transplants - petunias, alyssum, dianthus, snapdragons, dusty miller, begonias, gerbera daisy, geraniums, impatiens, marigolds, phlox and bluebonnets
  • All containerized, bare rooted, and ball in burlap hardy trees, shrubs, vines, fruit trees, fruiting vines, citrus (protect from freeze) and roses
  • Herbs & seed potatoes

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Gill Staff Picks: Grace Buchanan,

landscape design assistant

St Bernard Lily

I had a problematic area in one of my front flowerbeds; nothing would grow. I decided I would try a St. Bernard Lily just for grins. The area is on the west side and gets scorching sun with reflective heat. This plant has doubled in size and produces long flower spikes with dainty blossoms all year long. It is perfect for my difficult area.

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 Fertilize:

  • Annuals and perennials with Miracle Gro or Osmocote Time Release Granules, organically with Medina Growin Green, Lady Bug Lawn and Garden, Hasta Gro, Maestro Rose Glo, or Plant Tone
  • Established roses with Bayer Rose & Flower Care, organically with Maestro Rose Glo or Plant Tone
  • Established citrus trees (3 years or older) with ammonium sulfate 21-0-0 available in 4 to 40 Lb. bags, organically with Citrus Tone, Medina Growin Green, Lady Bug Lawn and Garden, Hasta Gro, or Plant Tone
  • Cool weather vegetables with ammonium sulfate, organically with Medina Growin Green, Lady Bug Lawn and Garden, Hasta Gro, Maestro Rose Glo, or Plant Tone
  • Do not fertilize tropicals they need to rest.
  • All granular fertilizer should be watered in well.

Prune:

  • Do not prune early spring bloomers such as azaleas, carolina jessamine, indian hawthorn, mountain laurel or redbud. Prune these after they bloom.
  • Fruit trees - peaches, apples, plum, pear lightly to shape (do not prune citrus)
  • Hardy dormant trees - oak, mesquite, cedar elm, crape myrtle, Chinese tallow and soapberry

Do not top trees!

  • Perennials that have finished their bloom
  • Pick spent flowers from annuals to prolong their bloom season

Watch Out For:

  • Scale insects on hardy trees and shrubs. Spray with Neem Oil spray or All Season Oil
  • Lawn fungus - this can be a major problem after long periods of wet, cool weather. There are 2 major lawn fungus - Take All Patch and Brown Patch
  • Treat Take All Patch with Fertilome Systemic Lawn Fungicide. Organically with Nature's Blend Organic Compost, or Peat Moss
  • Treat Brown Patch Fungus with Bayer Lawn Fungus Granules, or Fertilome F-Stop Granules. Organically with Serenade, Actinovate, or Actino Iron.
  • Leaf chewing worms & insects - treat with BT Worm Killer, Spinosad or Dipel Dust

 

When or if temperatures dip below freezing:

  • Move tropical potted plants inside or group them together in a protected area so they may be easily covered.
  • Mulch and water newly planted trees and shrubs well; water tropicals and potted plants.
  • Cover tropicals and tender plants with sheets, blankets or plastic. (Note plastic can burn the outer foliage it is touching)
  • Bring fabric all the way to the ground allowing heat from the soil to be trapped around the plant.
  • Uncover all plants as temperatures rise to prevent the foliage from scorching.