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Flowering kale provides hardy color throughout the winter. Don't neglect the water needs of evergreens and trees during our dry cold months.

 

What to do in November

Plant
There is still time to plant pansies, if you have not already done so. If planted soon, they will bloom by Christmas or before and will continue to bloom for you through the winter and into spring. Plant pansies in prepared, well-drained beds in a sunny location. Try some of the solid colored pansies in masses, as well as giant mixed colors.

Plant snapdragons, flowering kale, and dianthus for color now until spring. Plant transplants, not seed. Select short, stocky plants with good green color.

It’s time to divide perennial flowers like iris, salvia, cannas, and day lilies. This not only improves the health of the plants, but allows you to expand your garden or share with friends.


Prune
Don’t get in a hurry to prune woody plants. Late December through February is usually the best time to prune them. Remember, DO NOT TOP TREES! Severe pruning reduces the life of that tree and allows large entry points for diseases and insects.

Fertilize
Reduce or stop fertilizing indoor plants now through mid-March. An exception would be plants in an atrium or well-lighted window that are actively growing.

Be on the lookout
Evergreen plants frequently suffer from lack of moisture during those winter dry periods that occur in West Texas. Adequate soil moisture proves the best protection you can give your lawn and plants against winter cold injury. Lawns need water during the winter in order to reduce damage that can show up in the spring.

Place orders for seeds this month so you will have them available when you are ready to plant. By ordering early, you will be more certain of getting the varieties you want.

 
 
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