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Embracing Fall – Time for Chrysanthemums!

A mild cold front blows in and it is time to go back outside and enjoy this great weather. Spruce up the patio, enjoy the outdoors, and replace a few spots that flamed out during the summer heat, or simply get a head start on the fall plantings. Mums are the perfect plant to kick off the autumn season with. When used as an annual, mums are very versatile; they will handle shade or sun with minimal care. As long as they are heavily budded they are good to go. For planting as a perennial, mums require at least 6 […]

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Texas bluebonnets

Planting Texas Bluebonnets

Bluebonnets grow best in soils that are alkaline, moderate in fertility, and most important of all, well drained. Full sun is also required for best growth. Seed may be planted September 1 through December 15, however, for best results, plant seeds no later than mid-November. This allows seed time to germinate and grow throughout the winter months, during which time a heavy root system and a sturdy plant is developed to produce an abundance of spring flowers. Seeds Bluebonnets produce large, hard-coated seeds that may cause them to have a low germination rate the first year or two. As the […]

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How to Recognize and Remove a Girdling Root from a Tree

By Lucy Harrell T.C.N.P. A Specialist On Demanding Environments When we bought our new home in Magnolia I realized that several of our large trees had girdling roots that looked like the picture above. Many properties have trees that look like this –and most of us know that this is a problem– but tackling it can be kind of intimidating to most home owners . Don’t be afraid to do it—be afraid that if you don’t do it –it will be very damaging to the tree. Ignoring the problem will cause several symptoms suchas branch die back and eventually the […]

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Texas Lawn Issues: How to keep a Nice Thick Healthy Lawn

Lawn Issues: How to keep a nice thick healthy lawn A nice thick healthy lawn can be easy to keep if you just know what happens when things start going wrong and attend to them. Most lawn issues start out looking the same- and are described as brown or dead spots in the yard. You have to decide what the problem is before you can fix it—and you have to fix the problem before you can restore a healthy look to the damaged area. Diagnosis can be difficult and often treating for the wrong problem just makes things worse. (For […]

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Organic Insect & Disease Control

My philosophy is “ do no harm’. I teach you to rely on a well balanced organic program that includes depending on beneficial insects and companion planting to keep you garden free of all damage. If you feel that your garden is without a natural population of ladybugs and lace wings then I recommend that you release them. In most cases these are the only two that I feel it is necessary to release, if for some reason you do not have a good natural population. Organic Insect & Disease Control with Ladybugs When introducing ladybugs – Buy them at […]

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