The holidays are upon us. Groups are busy decorating Bindseil Park and Pecan Bottom, streets and businesses. The Chamber of Commerce is doing a good job encouraging the downtown to decorate with lavender and white lights. This past week PEC, Tom Phillips, Barbara Dowdy, Linda Howard, Pat Vallone, Debbie Homeier, Armando Pena, Charles Rotchenbach, Retta Martin, Ruby Duecker and myself, worked on the lights for both parks. It will be festive for the Holidays. Perry Keubel’s Art Class is designing and painting the first scene for both parks. The Shop students at the High School are working on designs for the Pecan Bottom. Our little community is very busy trying to make a difference.
We are keeping busy trying to keep the leaves in control. We are bagging them and using them for mulch or using them in the compost piles. We have received crepe myrtle and oak trees from LCRA. They are very nice five-gallon trees. We will begin finding homes for them after we have arranged for locations and planting help.
When planting trees or shrubs, dig the hole the depth of the root ball and twice the width. The hole shouldn’t be perfectly round, uneven sides let the root grow out of the circular root pattern. The roots will continue to grow circular instead of spreading and the plant will be stunted or eventually die. For amendments use the soil that has been removed from the hole plus compost and fertilizer. For fertilizer, I like cottonseed meal and slow-release organic plant food. Fill the hole with water while backfilling with soil. This will insure the root ball is wet and help eliminate air bubbles and disease. This is the correct way to plant the smallest plant to ball and burlapped trees and shrubs. Continue to water regularly. Some of my tender plants froze back this past weekend, not it’s time to prepare for major cleanup.
The Bluebonnets are coming up. Continue to water them for more blooms.