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This week's GardenLine email tip will be a hodge-podge of information. First, I want to encourage everyone to "AUGER" holes for your trees and large shrubs. It's pretty simple, in that there may not be a better time thanks to all the rain from February and early March.
Next, I have a reminder of one of the other great "gardening events" that everyone should take part in this spring… The March Mart at the Mercer Arboretum March 21 and 22.
Finally, I have a fun little list called-"You Know You're a Brown Thumb If…"
And I would actually like get some other ideas we can add to this list. So, read the original one, and if you have another idea, we might just be able to make a compendium list - such as "You Know You're a Redneck if…."
THERE MAY NEVER BE A BETTER TIME THAN RIGHT NOW TO AUGER THE HOLES FOR TREES AND SHRUBS!!!
For those email subscribers that have been along for the ride since we started this free service nearly 2 years ago, you should be very well aware of the DEEP ROOT WATERING/FEEDING tip sheet we distributed last year. For those who are fairly new to the email tips, and for those who -- for whatever reason -- don't have a clue what I mean by DEEP ROOT WATERING/FEEDING of trees…, click here.
If it takes a soil auger drill bit, a old-fashioned Ross Root Feeder or you fashioning your own tool with a piece of steel re-bar, just get busy. If it means hiring a tree service to come out and do the work, then call around. You can always call me on the GardenLine or send and email, click here and I'll hook you up with my tree guy. But since these email tips are all about "do-it-yourself-isms" I didn't think it would be fair to make this an advertisement for my tree guy.
Bottom Line: The main reason this is the best time to auger such holes for trees and large shrubs in the landscape, is that the ground will never be any softer than right now - thanks to the drenching rains of February. (It could get more wet…but the chances are it won't).
MARCH MART APPROACHING SOON!
This year's March Mart at the Mercer Arboretum (on Aldine Westfield, 2 miles North of 1960) will be Friday and Saturday, March 21 and 22 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., join other Gulf Coast residents at March Mart, the region's largest plant sale and horticultural event. March Mart offers a variety of unusual and hard-to-find plants that enhance any Houston area landscape. Displays by local plant societies and gardening groups will also be available to provide information to the curious gardener. This is the place to buys plants specifically for this area. These are plants that have been tested and put through trials at The Mercer Arboretum for years. Click here for more info on Mercer and the March Mart.
Finally, let's start a tradition here at the GardenLine… a list that everyone can participate in. YOU KNOW YOU'RE A BROWN THUMB IF…
The birth of this list begins with Sally Poe, a former news writer at Channel 11, who put together this list for a newsletter, in advance of an appearance I did at her MOPS group at Metropolitan Baptist Church. I thought they were very clever (especially #3), and it made me think that there are plenty of others out there. So, if you have an idea for our YOU MIGHT BE A BROWN THUMB IF list, please email me your response. And we will build our own list and put it on the website over time.
Sally Poe's Top Ten Ways to Tell You Have a Brown Thumb
10. The weeds are taller than your children.
9. You tell your neighbors the brown patches are actually crop circles.
8. When your child brings you a lovely bouquet of flowers, which are actually dandelions from your yard.
7. Even your plastic flamingos fly south for the winter.
6. You plant little six packs of petunia without removing them from the containers.
5. You think "water often" means drinking water for yourself, when you're outdoors.
4. Crocus are what frogs say.
3. You think Randy Lemmon, is just a humorous name for a citrus tree.
2. You refer to your landscape design as the "primitive" look.
1. You're actually proud of your "plastic" flowers in your landscape.
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