“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future,” said Yogi Berra.
words of wisdom, I expect the first half of 2020 to be as dry, possibly
drier, than 2019 with its local rainfall total 10.25 inches below
normal. The Opuntia specimens on rocky slopes are currently wilted and
our many Agave plants barely grew last year. (1 January 2020)
Prune out all tree and shrub
growth within two feet of the house or roof. Find more pruning
Have your lawn mower and
chain saw serviced and their blades sharpened. Replace old mowers with
Sow Tomatoes and Peppers
indoors, with supplemental heat and light, if you intend to produce your
Remove soil and rust from
shovels, hoes, etc. Sharpen as needed and oil them. Store
them in a dry place.
Clean up your vegetable garden
and till in more organic matter. Do not compost diseased or infested plant
Prune dormant trees and shrubs,
except those that bloom in spring. Fruit trees are pruned as their buds
Week 2 -
It is normal for Hibiscus
and Bougainvillea to lose their leaves when brought indoors. Consequently,
water them less.
varieties of fruits, nuts & berries and plant in well-drained,
sunny sites. Plant two or more varieties if cross-pollination is required.
Use sulfur to suppress cotton root rot.
Water your St. Augustine
grass lawn deeply if temperatures below 24° F. are forecast.
This is a good time to divide
and replant ornamental grasses. Keep them moist, not wet, while they re-root.
Add acidifying iron-rich
supplements to acid-loving plants and replenish their pine bark or pine
Week 3 -
Apply dormant oil to scale-infested
plants, as well as fruit and nut trees twice during winter.
Wear old clothes when handling
frozen banana stalks. Their oozing sap stains everything.
Protect Ranunculus flower
spikes from temperatures below 24° F.
Tulips could start flowering
between now and mid-February.
Week 4 -
Trench around clumps of
running Bamboo to find and remove any rhizomes that are escaping. Replant
or share them.
Spray a selective grass herbicide
in wildflower patches to remove cold-season grasses.
Restock bird-feeders regularly
and provide a source of liquid water when temperatures are below freezing.
Open temporary greenhouse
for tender citrus & young Mexican Avocado plants on warm days.
Plant "Texas Grano 1015y"
onion transplants. Protect them from extreme cold. Begin feeding them with
21-0-0 in three weeks.