Monthly Garden Tips

Yantis Lakeside Gardens

Living and Gardening in the

Beautiful Texas Hill Country

Monthly Garden Tips from Sheryl's Garden

Photographs by Robert and Sheryl Yantis  

July thru January is the best time to prune live oak and red oak trees and avoid oak wilt. Be sure to disinfect your tools before you start and each time you prune a different tree. This will make sure you do not spread oak wilt from an infected tree to a healthy one.   A nine parts water to one part bleach solution works well.
Do not plant any new trees or shrubs until the temperature cools down in the fall.  

All newly planted trees should be watered once a week for a minimum of one year after planting. Trees take several years to become established and are more vulnerable to drought during that time.

Keep you and your plants watered during the hot Texas summer. Even hardy purple cone-flower plants need some water during the hot dry Texas summer weather. 

Be careful when you use  insecticides on your plants. Some of those caterpillars you may be trying to kill may turn into butterflies.