Garden expert Neil Sperry traces his childhood and the plant pioneers who made the Texas nursery business grow and thrive. They include crape myrtle expert Don Egol, horticulturalists and early nurserymen.
These are the plants that will form the backbone of any landscape. That includes shade trees such as oaks, pecans, cedar elms, southern magnolia and pines. Also, small accent trees, shrubs and groundcover.
There are pitfalls to planting these plants in the North Texas soil. Plants include bald cypress trees, sweetgum trees, lacebark elms, fast-growing trees, ornamental grasses, bamboo, gardenias and roses.
Here are five ways to keep your jack-o-lantern looking good if you carve your pumpkin days before Halloween. You'll need to cut your hard pumpkin from the bottom, let it dry and stop any mold growth with bleach.
Plants that have Neil Sperry’s favorite fragrance. Plants include elaeagnus, loquat, sweet olive, pansies, violas, pinks, mexican plum, carolina jessamine, wisteria, texas mountain laurel and star jasmine.
Neil Sperry’s garden tips is on designing your landscape and garden. There are fundamentals of garden design such as scale/proportion, textures, groupings, lines of sight, focal points and color scheme.
A 2,170 pound pumpkin won the World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, California. Steve Daletas of Oregon credits the weather in the Pacific Northwest for his success. Daletas, a four-time pumpkin growing champion, won $15,000.
Neil Sperry’s garden tips for early October includes planting bermuda and St. Augustine, ryegrass as a temporary cover, pre-emergent weedkiller, brown patch, twig girdler, planting annuals and perennials.
Neil Sperry’s garden tips is on perennials. They require a lot more handwork because they’re always there (hence no rototiller and other power equipment), and they certainly require more diligent attention.
Neil Sperry garden and lawn tips includes chinch bugs, winter fertilizer, planting new grass, pecans falling early, exposed tree roots, trees dropping leaves early, webs in trees, and planting new shrubs.
Neil Sperry garden and lawn tips are on beautyberries. American beautyberry grows best in the shade. Like other plants with large leaves, it uses a great deal of water, and so when hot it can’t handle much sun.
Neil Sperry garden and lawn tips include applying pre-emergent weedkillers and fertilizers, starting new turfgrass such as St. Augustine, treating iron-deficient plants and planting leafy and root vegetables.
Neil Sperry garden and lawn tips include applying pre-emergent weedkillers on St. Augustine invading bermuda, broadleaf weeds, bamboo, clover, dandelions, poison ivy, nutsedge, smilax briars and trumpetvine.
Neil Sperry garden and lawn tips include nutsedge control, a new lawn, pre-emergent weedkillers, lawn fertilizing, cinch bugs and st. augustine gray leaf. Mid-August lawn care that needs to be done now.