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Gardening Resources and Tips

Azalieas blooming in the Jonsson Color Garden

Gardening Resources and Tips

These helpful resources provide information for those interested in creating a beautiful and thriving garden in North Texas. Check back each season for up-to-date information.

Education and research are at the core of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s mission. Here you will find information about what’s in bloom this season, tips and tricks for creating a successful garden, and a list of local clubs dedicated to a variety of horticultural interests.

For help identifying plants and other horticultural questions, please contact the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Dallas County Master Gardeners. Dallas County Master Gardeners provide free gardening advice to area residents, and welcome the opportunity to help you find the solution to your gardening problems. Just call 214.904.3053. The Help Desk is available Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm. If you prefer to send an email, or wish to include a photo, please click here.

Tips and Tricks

Need help planting a successful garden? These tips and tricks from our horticulture staff can help keep your home garden looking beautiful this fall.

In North Texas we ask a lot of our plants. With extreme temperatures in the summer and periods of too much or no rain at all, it’s important to equip your garden accordingly. Take a look at these suggestions designed to help your home garden thrive.

Garden Tips for February

  • Plant winter annuals such as pansies, dianthus, snapdragons and chard on warmer days.
  • Sow seeds for spring annuals and veggies, inside, per instructions based on the last frost date for your area. Remember they need full sun and temperatures around 65 to 70 degrees (watch out for cold window sills!).
  • Divide and replant summer and fall blooming perennials while they are still dormant.
  • Plant or relocate native and cold hardy trees and shrubs while they are dormant. It is also the perfect time to perform any tree trimming.
  • Start pruning roses. A good rule of thumb is to prune them by Valentine’s Day. Climbing roses won’t need any trimming until after they bloom in spring.
  • Mulch flower beds before the weather warms up and weeds begin to sprout.
  • Fertilize winter annuals throughout the winter and continue into spring. Use a complete, water soluble fertilizer to help them get established while it’s still cold.

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