I hope you have taken the time to visit downtown Blanco. Many citizens have donated many hours decorating. Blanco has never looked so lovely.
The freeze on November 26 will be the end of many summer flowers and plants. It will be necessary to begin winter clean-up. We will have canas to give away this year; let us know if you want some plants. Adding more mulch will be necessary to protect roots and discourage winter weeds. I hope you have moved all of the patio plants inside or to a warmer place.
Cut your fertilizer back to about half and water. Don’t let the pots stand in water, in the saucers; it will cause the roots to rot. Many succulents, cacti and bouganville, do better if the soil dries out between waterings.
Mulch rose bushes, but don’t prune until February or March. Continue to feed with a good slow-release rose food.
Winter is a good time to cut back hedges and shrubs. The new growth will not begin to grow until warmer weather. If you are pruning oak trees, continue to paint the open wounds. This will keep the oak wilt from attacking the trees.
Do you plan to add new fruit trees to your landscape? Think about the persimmon. The Texas persimmon (Diospyros texana) is small, plum-like, and tasty. It looks like a prune and it grows in south and central Texas. It has gray bark. They can’t be found easily, but check with native nurseries. A word of advice – don’t plant them near patios or walks. They stain, but the birds and wildlife enjoy them.
The Japanese persimmon is ideal for home landscapes. They are small trees, insect and disease resistant, good for eating, and cooking and baking. There are several cultivars. Some are tart or astrigent. They need to be very ripe before eating or cooking with them. They will make a beautiful accent in your yard. Read the tag carefully before buying.
Christmas is almost here! Remember your gardening friends with books, tools, gloves, decorative yard items and plants.