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Why rainy weather is good for gardens and bad for lawns

The Garden Club of Houston’s Meg Tapp answers listeners’ gardening questions.


Photo of poppy and daisy flowers in rain
The recent rain could potentially be good or bad for your outdoors.


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Monday has been a cool, rainy day across the Houston area. The wet weather can make for a messy commute, but in a region still mired in drought conditions, is it good news for our lawns and gardens? Well, no…and yes.

On the second Monday of every month we set aside a little bit of time to field your gardening questions for Meg Tapp from the Garden Club of Houston. She explains why are gardens embrace the rain, but why it’s not necessarily such a good thing for our lawns.

In the audio above, she also offers advice for listeners, such as:

  • How to check to see if your magnolia tree’s still alive after this summer’s drought (Meg: carefully scrape the bark to see if the wood is green underneath)
  • How to care for an avocado plant as the weather gets colder (Meg’s advice: take it inside)
  • Whether you need to change out your soil when adding native plants (Meg: you do not)
  • And is it worth trying to plant a new Lemonquat tree after the last didn’t survive recent freezes? (Meg: yes, try!)
Joshua Zinn

Joshua Zinn

Producer, Houston Matters

Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on Houston Public Media Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews...

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Craig Cohen

Craig Cohen

Executive Producer & Host, Houston Matters

Craig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekday mornings at 9:00 on Houston Public Media, News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer and manager,...

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