Allison Watkins,

Allison Watkins

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Past articles by Allison:

Earth-kind soil management needed in warm autumn temps

Remember the phrase “don’t bag it” and save those fallen leaves – they are valuable organic matter for the landscape and garden. → Read More

Hot summer weather is a good reason to try indoor gardening

With the extreme conditions this summer, now is a good time to try your hand at house plants and indoor gardening, writes Allison Watkins. → Read More

Tips for planting vegetables in your garden this spring

Spring will be here soon, and now is a good time to plan and prepare to grow some food in the yard. → Read More

Controlling stickers is important for maintaining an enjoyable lawn

A lawn isn't useful or much fun when it's filled with stickers. Here are some tips for controlling them: → Read More

Tips for keeping your yard looking bright during winter

Here are some ways to keep a colorful landscape during the coldest months of the year: → Read More

Fall is an ideal time to help your garden attract butterflies

In October, monarch butterflies will migrate through the Concho Valley. Here's how to attract them to your garden, writes Allison Watkins: → Read More

How to handle pest insects in your yard and garden this summer

Here are some of the common landscape and garden pests to watch out for this time of year, and some control options: → Read More

Despite hot summers, June is a good time to build a new lawn. Here's how to do it.

Allison Watkins, with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, details how to start a new lawn in the Texas summer. → Read More

Earth-Kind program improves your local garden while helping the environment

The Earth-Kind plan promotes research-proven techniques for home gardens while conserving water and reducing fertilizer and pesticide use. → Read More

Tips for using a real Christmas tree or other holiday plants

Living Christmas trees, poinsettias and even cactus can be a festive addition to your home during the holidays, writes Allison Watkins. → Read More

Important yard work can still be done in December

Here are a few things you can still do for your lawn and garden in the winter months: → Read More

Tips for taking care of your lawn in the fall in West Texas

Fall brings shorter days and cooler temperatures that require different landscape tasks, writes Allison Watkins in this week's horticulture column. → Read More

Summer heat putting a strain on San Angelo plants

It’s been a hot, dry summer, and this is always stressful on certain plants but even more so when it follows a rainy spring, writes Allison Watkins. → Read More

Keep or compost? Transitioning from summer to fall color

We’re in the peak of summer right now, but fall will be here before too long. Now is the time to shear back perennials so they have a strong fall blooming period → Read More

Steps to keep bugs off the summer garden

Gardening is tough in the summer! Heat and insect pests can make it grueling for both people and plants. → Read More

Tips to keeping an indoor herb garden alive

Fresh homegrown herbs are wonderful to have handy for meal prep, craft projects and gifts. Here are some reasons why yours might not be thriving. → Read More

Growing, harvesting and selecting watermelons

It’s watermelon season, and what a year for them! Here's how to grow them and pick them out. → Read More

How to water grass, plants during the summer months

The summer heat and dry spells have arrived. Here are some tips to keep your lawn, garden and flower beds green and lush while being mindful of water use. → Read More

Here's what to plant in your summer vegetable garden

Recent hail pelted West Texas gardens. Here's what do plant going forward and how to mitigate hail damage to plants. → Read More

Gardening great for social distancing with plenty of fresh air

Master Gardner's annual sale cancelled. Details inside. → Read More