Summer is coming — is your garden ready?

Spring moves fast in South Central Texas, with the first hot days showing up before many trees have even sprouted leaves. Now’s the time to start prepping your landscape for summer:Mowing the lawn

  • Start mowing. Winter rains contributed to a bumper crop of winter weeds; mowing helps keep them from setting seed.
  • Resist “weed and feed” fertilizer. March is too early to fertilize anyway.
  • Apply compost now while your grass is still dormant.
  • Trim freeze-damaged perennials to about 3 inches above ground.

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