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In this newsletter you will find.....
  • Landscape Dept:  "Recovering from the freezing weather"
  • Seasonal Ideas & Information for February
  • How to prepare for more cold weather in February!
  • Mardi Gras Galveston  
  • Seaside Casual Furniture 2018 
  • Bailey's Coupon
  • New Pottery Selections
  • Giftshop:  new items arriving daily!
  • Greenhouse:   Accents for the Garden!

From Our Landscape Architect:

"Recovering from the Freezing Weather"

by Janielle Guzinski

Galveston rarely freezes like we have this winter.  Here are a few tips to help your garden out during this recovery.  And you can always call Tom's Thumb and landscape can come and work on your property for winter recovery. 
Frost Damage on Plants
Don't cut the dead foliage off your plants!  I know it's tempting and it doesn't look great, but we are all going to have to deal with it.  Those dead leaves protect the remaining plant.  If you trim it all off and we get another cold snap, you could be in for even more damage. 
Add more compost and mulch to your planting beds.  You don't want to smother your plants, but extra insulation never goes amiss.  This is especially true this early in the winter.  Typically February is our coldest month, in my experience. 
Prevent further damage by wrapping plants with freeze cloth in any future cold snaps.  Remember, the plants are already damaged, so we really want to take whatever measures we can to ensure a good recovery come spring. 
Many plants that are damaged will need to wait until the weather warms to truly recover.  Again, I know it is difficult to live with sad plants, but we all need to be strong. 
Water your gardens, preferable with water that is not near the freezing point.  These plants will need water to help recover, and wet ground holds heat better than dry ground. 
Do NOT fertilize.  I know you want to give the plant a boost of something to get new growth, but that is the last thing we want to do.  Tender new growth will take an even harder hit if we get more cold weather. 



1.  Use now to prevent secondary infection on dead material.

2.  Use again later after cutting the damaged fronds.

Damaged Palms
The growth point of a palm tree is up in the crown , so if you lose that, your palm is dead.  If your palm has suffered severe damage and it looks like the crown may have died but the tree is still there, then it may be possible to save the palm.  It could be that the fronds have died but the growth point is still alive and will resprout in spring.  
You need to keep that growth point alive until then. 
Don't cut off the dead fronds as they are protecting that growth point from more damage.  
Also, you should pour or spray liquid copper into the crown.  This will not save any dead palms, nor will it revive any dead fronds, but it will stop diseases from colonizing that dead material up there.  By doing so, you prevent a secondary infection from killing of a palm that the freeze didn't kill.   

Additional Reference:

Seasonal Ideas & Information for February

The following are a list of activities to consider for your February gardening:
  • Vegetables & Herbs 
    - Don't delay when it comes to recommended planting dates.  We have a short growing season for many crops between the last freeze and the arrival of hot weather.  Choose varieties with short days-to-harvest intervals and plant them on time or a little early and be ready to cover them against a late freeze.  February is the last call for cole crops and the prime time for root crops! Our vegetable, tomato & herb transplants are arriving daily.  If you start your plants from seeds, it is time to get them started.  We have a large selection to choose from, including organics.   We can also help you select soil, compost and fertilizer for your garden.      Spring Vegetable Planting Guide
    Botanical Interests Seeds
  • Fruits & Nuts -  Early February is the best time of the year to prune fruit trees, vines and bushes.  To protect your fruit trees from pests, apply dormant oil or neem oil before new growth emerges in the spring.  Don't apply oil sprays within 24 hours of a freeze.  
  • Perennials & Annuals - If your cool-season beds are looking ragged, give them a light fertilization followed by a good watering to start the process of releasing nutrients to the plants.   Now is the time to divide summer and fall-blooming perennials and bulbs.  Ornamental grasses can also be divided. Plant cool season color:  cyclamen, delphinium,  Gerbera daisies, geraniums, pansies and violas.

  • Trees, Shrubs & Vines - February is a great month to plant roses.  Consider planting some shrub roses (Drift Rose and Knockout Rose) as they bloom repeatedly through the year.  Make sure to choose a sunny location and one with good drainage.  We can help you select soil and fertilizer for your roses. February is also the month for pruning exisiting roses in your landscape.
    Knock Out Rose

  • Lawns - If you are going to use a pre-emergent on your lawn to control weeds, now is the time to apply. Corn gluten is the organic approach and that is what we recommend. 
    Corn Gluten Liquid Pre-emergent
    Corn Gluten Spreadable

    Use low nitrogen slow release fertilizers like Nature's Creation, Medina, or LadyBug Brand that promote steady growth that's more drought tolerant and resistant to disease.
Galveston County Master Gardeners Educational Programs:                      
  follow this link    2018 Gulf Coast Gardening for February


How to prepare for upcoming cold weather:
1.  Cover all of your tender plants with frost cloth.     Do not use plastic to cover your plants.   The plastic will harm your plants.
2.   Water all of your plants and containers before the cold weather        arrives.  This will help to protect your plant from frost damage.
3.  Add more compost & mulch to your planting beds. 

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