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Below is a compilation of our most frequently asked questions. Please click to read FAQs at Reeder's Landscaping:
 

 
Can you give me some tips on how to care for my Crepe Myrtles?
When is the best time and what is the best method for pruning roses?
When and how do climbing roses need to be trimmed?
What is the best month for pruning dormant season plants?
How can I get the most from my Hostas?
What preparation do I need to make for Chrysanthemums (Mums)?
How can I control growth and maintain flowering shrubs?
When is the best time to plant warm-season annuals in Texas?
When is the best time to plant trees and shrubs?
How do I care for Mondograss (Monkey Grass)?
How can I ensure that my Azaleas will keep blooming?
What is the best month for planting fruit trees and fruit bearing plants?
Do you have some tips for lawn care?
When should I plant bulbs?
What are my groundcover options?
 
 
 
 
Q. Can you give me some tips on how to care for my Crepe Myrtles?  
A.

Plant in full, direct sun for best bloom performance.

Prune in wintertime for shape improvement. Keep in mind that most pruning of Crepe Myrtles is overdone and damaging. Remove the lower branches and basal shoots to shape into tree form or it will revert back to shrub shape.

To promote more blooms during the blooming season, clip off the spent blooms to generate new flowers.

To control pests and powdery mildew, try to keep the leaves of the Crepe Myrtle dry.

If you encounter powdery mildew, treat with a fungicide. If aphids appear (the leaves will become sticky and glossy), apply an insecticide that has aphids on the label.

If you would like additional blooming on your Crepe Myrtles, try removing the seed heads from the end of the plant during July and August. This will encourage regrowth and more flowers!

 
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Q. When is the best time to prune roses, and what is the best pruning method to use?  
A.

July and August are so hot, you may want to cut your roses while they are still in the bud stage. If you choose to leave the buds on the plant, be sure to remove all old roses from the plants regularly.

When pruning roses, be sure to direct the growth of the bush as you cut. Always trim to the second set of five-leaflet leaves, and prune above the buds that face out from the center of the plant.

 
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Q. When and how do climbing roses need to be trimmed?  
A.

If the rose blooms only once and it is in the springtime, prune the roses right after the spring bloom is finished.

Remove the weak canes that grow slow and are do not produce any blooms.

Trim the longest canes back anywhere from 30 to 50 percent and then tie them to a support.

If you have one the more modern, continuous-blooming types of roses, trim it back by 30 percent in later winter and shape it after it is finished with its main spring flowering.

 
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Q. What is the best month for pruning dormant season plants?  
A.

January is the best month for pruning dormant season plants. Make sure you look before you snip. Have a purpose to your prune.

Never remove the "top" out of a tree of any kind. This will ruin a tree and cause it to grow abnormally.

Prune to correct an errant limb or to remove damaged wood from a tree or shrub.

 
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Q. How can I get the most from my Hostas?  
A.

Hostas will go dormant each late fall season (die to the ground). Don't forget to keep them moist in the winter - they get thirsty then too.

In late February or March, you will see new leaves emerge, when this occurs, add a high-nitrogen fertilizer and water in thoroughly, making sure the fertilizer does not stick on the new foliage.

Watch out for snails - they love the tender new growth of the Hostas. They can do real damage to the plant so add a snail bait or Sevin dust to the plant to run them off.

 
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Q. What preparation do I need to make for Chrysanthemums (Mums)?  
A. When preparing your Mums for spring, remove all old stems to within one to two inches of the soil. The new spring stems will probably be growing already - they will be small clusters of green leaves at the base of the old stem. This is pretty much all you need to do other than keeping them moist.

 
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Q. How can I control growth and maintain flowering shrubs?  
A.

All spring-flowering shrubs and vines should be trimmed and shaped immediately after they bloom.

Pinch back Mums and other flowers that are beginning their vigorous spring growth. By lightly tip-pruning these types of plants, it will keep them more compact, preventing them from becoming long and leggy.

 
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Q. When is the best time to plant warm-season annuals in Texas?  
A.

June is a great time to plant warm-season annuals that can live up to the Texas heat. Lantana, scaevola, blue daze, copper plant, tropical hibiscus, firebush, purple fountain grass, esperanza and moss rose.

 
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Q. When is the best time to plant trees and shrubs?  
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June is a great month to plant trees, shrubs and groundcovers. Pay close attention to their watering requirements because their root systems will be in the original soil ball of the plant for the first several months. Note that these plants may require an occasional hand watering until they begin to establish.

 
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Q. How do I care for Mondograss (Monkey Grass)?  
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In order to keep your mondograss in tip-top shape, trim it is late winter, before the spring growth emerges. It is not absolutely essential, but it is what makes the grass look even and smooth.

If you trim too late, the tips of the grass will have browned leaf blades, left from the cut.

 
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Q. How can I ensure that my Azaleas will keep blooming?  
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Fertilize Azaleas immediately after they bloom with a good 3-1-2 or 4-1-2 ratio fertilizer. This will promote vigorous new growth for the rest of the season. Repeat the application in late May or early June, for growth.

In September, apply a specialized Azalea food. This fertilizer will usually have camellia and gardenia written on the label as well. These fertilizers are high in phosphorus (the middle number) which stimulates the bud set before going into winter.

If you are growing Azaleas in alkaline soil, apply an iron/sulfur material to prevent or correct any iron deficiency symptoms.

 
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Q. What is the best month for planting fruit trees, or any fruit bearing plant?  
A.

February is a great month for planting fruit trees, blackberries, grapes and any other bareroot fruit stock that is for our area.

During this month, finish transplanting established shrubs, trees and native plants that need to be moved during the dormant season.

 
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Q. Do you have some tips for lawn care?  
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Beginning in May, mow lawn grass at the low end of recommended heights for your type of grass in order to keep it full and dense. Tall grass becomes weak grass.

Use water-soluble, balanced plant food with every watering made to hanging baskets and potted plants. Using an iron/sulfur material to yellowed plants will make them green up and keep them happily feed and healthy.

Nutsedge grass will be on the rampant. Control this beast from mid-May on with Image. Be sure to follow the label directions carefully. Use broadleafed weedkiller to eliminate non-grassy weeds.

 
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Q. When should I plant bulbs?  
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November and December is a great time to plant for the majority of the bulbs that grow well in our area.

Plant precooled bulbs as late as possible according to the planting directions accompanying your bulbs.

Remember the December holidays as a good time to plant tulips. The objective is to plant the bulbs when the ground is about the coolest it is going to be.

After bringing your bulbs home, continue to cool them in the coolest possible location that is above freezing until planting time. If the bulbs were not precooled by the nursery, begin the chilling process immediately. Keep them in this place until planting time or at least for 45 days.

Water tulip bulbs during the winter with sufficient moisture to ensure taller plants. Continue watering through the bloom time if your garden does not receive adequate rainfall.

 
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Q. What are my groundcover options?  
A.

Purple wintercreeper euonymus is a lovely groundcover plant that grows to about 10 to 12 inches in height and it does equally well in part shade or sun. It is a beautiful green during the growing season and it turns a deep maroon in winter. It will lose about one half of its leaves in a cold winter.

Mondograss is a lovely, fine-textured groundcover that can gently wave in a light breeze. Plant in shade areas of your garden for the best success.

English Ivy is a wonderful groundcover that if planted correctly, will perform wonderfully by covering quickly in the shady areas of your garden. It will lend an elegant look to your garden area in every application.

 
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