We have been cutting lawns for a while now, so it is time for my annual appeal to reduce air pollution by recommending that readers switch from a gas powdered lawnmower to an electrical mower.  It has been reported that gas mowers pollute as much in an hour as a car in a day.  Another plus for electricity is that electric mowers hardly ever need repairs other than to perhaps have the blade replaced which would also be required with gas mowers.  Just plug it in, flip the switch, and go.  

Read more: Out in the Garden with Alan Cash: June 2017

There is a new and interesting garden in the neighborhood.  At river level just below the San Antonio River Authority building, at 100 E. Guenther, is what is called a Monarch Waystation.  It is a garden designed to provide nectar and shelter to monarch butterflies as they migrate through North America.  A sign near the walkway says it is “certified” and that San Antonio is a Monarch Champion City.  Go by on your next walk along the river.  For more information and how you can create one in your own garden, go to monarchwatch.org.  

Read more: Out in the Garden with Alan Cash: May 2017

We seem to be on a roller coaster as far as weather goes.  A few days of bitter cold, followed by very pleasant porch-sitting weather. Some plants have started budding early.  However, at this writing in early February, indications are that we could still have frost.  Some farmers and gardeners believe it can freeze until mesquite trees put on new leaves.  There is a mesquite tree in the front garden at 735 E. Guenther St. and it shows no signs of budding out.  So be warned.

Read more: Out in the Garden with Alan Cash: March 2017

The King William/Lavaca Tree Project is in need of water hoses.  If you have a hose in good condition its donation would be appreciated.  To help, call Alan Cash at 533-9005 and leave a message (the machine will pickup after 6 rings), or Mary Ann Ohlenbusch at 271-9422.  We will come by and pick it up, or you can leave it at the KWA Office.  Thanks!

Believe it or not, warm weather is not far away and plants will soon be putting on their spring growth.  Valentine’s Day marks the time to start getting the garden ready for the next growing season.  

One of the most important things to do now is to trim evergreens and perennials that have grown too large or have frozen back.  Plants trimmed now will begin to put out new growth in early March, which is usually past the last damaging frost.  Firebush, lantana, thryalis, plumbago, shrimp, Phillippine violets and variegated ginger are popular perennials in many gardens that should be cut back to about 6 inches tall.  Large evergreen shrubs can be trimmed to desired size and shape.

Read more: Out in the Garden: February 2017