Search For The Answer
Click here to access our database of
Plant Answers
Search For The Picture
Click here to access the Google database of plants and insects

Milberger's Nursery and Landscaping
3920 North Loop 1604 E.
San Antonio, TX 78247

Open 9 to 6 Mon. through Sat.
and 10 to 5 on Sun.

Three exits east of 281, inside of 1604
Next to the Diamond Shamrock station
Please click map for more detailed map and driving directions.

Click here


Calvin R. Finch, Ph.D., Conservation Manager, San Antonio Water System,
and Horticulturist
Week of April 15, 2002


Q.                What kind of daffodils naturalize in our area? My neighbor had some yellow ones and some paperwhites that were just beautiful under the oak trees this spring. What are they?


A.                 Almost any of the paperwhites will naturalize. For yellow trumpet-type daffodils that will come back year after year, consider campernelle jonquils. Plant them in the fall.


Q.                My red oak is about six inches in diameter. It has holes in the trunk that are in a row like someone drilled the holes. Do you recognize the symptoms? What is it? Is there anything I need to do to protect the tree?


A.                 The holes are drilled by sapsuckers, a woodpecker-type bird. They harvest insects that collect on the sap. The holes are usually not a threat to the tree. It is not necessary to treat them in any way.


Q.                Our spinach has been wonderful this winter. There are now some white spots on the leaves. Is it a fungus? Can it be treated?


A.        The symptom you describe is caused by white rust. There is no treatment. Pull and compost plants that show the symptom. The disease shows up when the temperatures get warm.


Q.        When can we plant celosia and zinnias?


A.        Now is a good time to plant celosia and zinnias.


Q.        When should I give up on my bougainvillea? I think they froze.


A.        It is still early. Give bougainvillea, mandevillea, firebush, and hibiscus another month to emerge.


Q.                Is there any way to combat squirrels at the bird feeder? They destroy everything and eat all the seed.


A.                 I use the Absolute brand feeders. They are steel feeders with weight-sensitive perches that keep squirrels out of the seed. You can trap squirrels with live traps and relocate them or make squirrel stew.


Q.        What tomato variety would you use in a container?       


A.        Surefire is a great selection for containers. Merced works fine as well.