Over 1.4 million Houstonians garden for a hobby or pastime, and GardenLine is where they listen for advice and information on gardening and landscaping.
Every Saturday and Sunday morning from 6 to 10, GardenLine's Randy Lemmon answers listeners' questions on everything from aphids to zoysias. He's Houston's absolute expert on lawns and gardens, offering help to listeners both with and without "green thumbs."
Randy's a Texas Aggie who truly KNOWS plants and flowers. He explains them with ease and candor, and is as competent a "plant person" as there is. He studies, and he practices. He embraces "new methods" as well as the "old" ways of dealing with problems. Call for Randy's solution for your question ... 713-212-KTRH (5874).
While last weekend marked the final official GardenLine appearance for the spring-summer season, this weekend will see last remote broadcasts until fall.
First, I want to thank everyone who joined us for our visit to Central Ace Hardware in Clear Lake. Wow, is all I can say! Granted, we were giving away a Traeger grill and bags of Nitro-Phos fertilizers, but the number of listeners who came up to me to say hi and ask questions was wonderfully overwhelming.
Anyway, our final "on the road" broadcasts this weekend will once again come from Moody Gardens in Galveston. On Saturday, we will give away tickets to several Moody Gardens venues, including Palm Beach, the 3D Theater and the new Dinos Alive exhibit. Plus, we'll have a limited number of Lemmonhead shirts and plenty of KTRH goodies as we broadcast from the Moody Gardens Visitor Center.
Then, on Sunday, we will be live from the Moody Gardens Hotel lobby, giving away plenty of foods for specific plants. If you're looking for hibiscus, palm, bougainvillea or Color Express food, this will be a great opportunity.
Speaking of feeding, we've come to the end of June, and many people are concerned about doing their summer fertilization in spite of the heat and shortage of rain. So, repeating some notes from a blog post a year ago, below are the top five things to think about when it comes to summer lawn fertilization. The bottom line: Don't Fix What Ain't Broke! (If you've been using my schedule with success, don't give up on it now, just because you think it's too hot.)
Sidebar: Most people think they need to treat for chinch bugs in the summer. You only end up with chinch bugs when you have a heat- or drought-stressed yard. Follow the rules above, and you won't get the critters. But if you think you have them, proper identification is the key. Many people errantly throw down high-nitrogen fertilizers to green up what they perceive as yellowing grass. Or they apply fungicide. You have to get down close to the lawn and really look for chinch bugs. And if you DO find them, treat three times over two weeks with a liquid insecticide to break the egg cycle. Read my 2011 tip sheet about an uber-chinch bug infestation during a drought.