Summer Water Conservation

​As we approach the summer months each year, the City’s water consumption increases. Most of the increase is due to outdoor water usage. Outdoor water usage is dependent upon rainfall and the heat index experienced during the summer. Even during hot, dry periods, we can be smart about irrigating our lawn and landscape. Please irrigate on designated days only. This …

Heat Stress

What is heat stress? Heat stress occurs when temperatures are sustained over a sufficient period of time as to cause irreversible damage to a plant’s functions and growth. Plants can be damaged by high day temperatures as well as high nighttime temperatures and by high air temperatures as well as high soil temperatures. A plants’ temperature typically runs just above …

Waterwise Ideabook

The Lubbock Master Gardeners Association has created garden designs for the water-wise plants we recommend for our area.   If you’re not sure where to start, or which plants might be right for your waterwise garden, don’t worry – we have you covered. Our team of experts have created a printable set of waterwise garden design plans  to help you get …

Vegetable Gardening

LMGA has compiled an extensive collection of resources for vegetable gardeners that are area-specific!  Click the links below, and don’t forget to check the other Lubbock Master Gardener gardening guides for more great information for our Lubbock area. Building a raised bed garden Vegetable gardening with containers Texas home vegetable growing guide Herb gardening Tomato Problem Solver Lubbock Tomato Troubleshooting …

Turf Management in Lubbock

Our favorite turf management guides are available from AgriLife. They offer a great guide to maintaining bermudagrass lawns and a fantastic guide with simple steps to lawn care. Their helpful turfgrass care guidebook is a great place to start. Or, if you’re troubleshooting lawn diseases, their guide on lawn diseases will save you a ton of searching. A great (and …

December Garden Checklist

Planting Consider using a live Christmas tree that can be planted in the landscape or used as a potted specimen. Junipers and pines are excellent for this purpose. Continue to plant shade trees, fruit trees, and evergreen shrubs. Plant ‘balled & burlap’ trees and shrubs while they are dormant. If you want to plant flowering spring bulbs, now is the …

Great Perennials for Fall

In the spring, the nurseries fill with plants, all needing good homes. But perennials planted in the spring must develop an entirely new root system, plus adjust to life outside the greenhouse or nursery.  Planting perennials in the fall makes a lot of sense.  If you plant your plants at least six weeks before the first freeze is likely to occur, …

Fall Gardening Guide

Fall has arrived! Enjoy the subpages under this tab to learn more about fall and winter gardening. ​ Fall Monthly Gardening Checklists for Lubbock County We hope these monthly checklists will help you stay on top of that garden this year. We made an August & September Gardening Checklist, an October Gardening Checklist, and a November Gardening Checklist for quick …

Summer Gardening Guide

  “Where but in a garden do summer hours pass so quickly?” “Don’t grumble that roses have thorns, be thankful that thorns have roses.” “Roses are red, Violets are blue; But they don’t get around Like the dandelions do.”…Slim Acres “Over fertilized plants may be beautiful but are otherwise useless, like people whose energies are devoted so completely to their …