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Newsflash! Dealing with the Heat

I’m sure that you would  guess that a lot of  plant problems  in July/August are heat related–it’s hot–it’s dry and sometimes windy-so plants, grass and trees  are having a hard time holding onto water-they need enough watering of the soil to give them a  good drink every 5 -7 days in clay and 3-5 days in sand depending on your plant choices and sites. This time of year if your sprinkler system is not  watering evenly it really shows up–most of the time that is what the problem is.  However  many of us  wrongly interrupt what we see- ( dry  tan patches in the grass and […]

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The Guide to Proper Watering

Watering Test This test is for overhead systems only— not drip irrigation, soaker hoses, etc-for those systems you  will need to water and then check and see if you have actually gotten the soil wet down to 6 inches in the ground. For Overhead (traditional systems) You will need—10 small cans-or like- with an inch marked inside with a marker – be sure it is easy to see [cat food cans-tuna cans–anything ] A bundle of landscape flags [ optional if you want to  write on them and mark  dry or wet spots for the sprinkler guy)]—they are wires with […]

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Attracting Hummingbirds To Your Garden

Hummingbirds provide a lot of theatre-type enjoyment to us, and since the beautiful Flame Acanthus in the picture  below is sitting just outside my office window, I have  a constant parade of delicate dancers swooping in and out for a drink. Hummingbird feeders work to attract them too and can be hung right outside a favorite window for  watching – I like the ones that have perches.  Many garden centers carry them and this website has some really good ones… http://www.backyardwildbirds.com/servlet/the-Hummingbird-Feeders/Categories  (do not add red  food coloring to the sugar water or buy  nectar that has it in it-it is […]

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Composting 101 – Lazy Compost

As simple as you can make it – is your best way.  Location—anywhere—but shade in Texas is best. Nitrogen Wet or Green Contents – green leaves-food scraps (veggies and fruit–coffee grounds,- egg shells, -green leaves) Carbon Dry or Brown Contents-dry leaves,-dry grass, if needed  for dry material – shredded newspaper Always cover wet / green with brown / dry and this will eliminate any common  complaints about compost-it will not smell and it will not  be yucky-or attract critters. Water Add once a week in shade—more often in sun—if you are getting fire ant problems—it is too dry- add water […]

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Mole Control– and Other Strange Critters

Yesterday I had a very full day–I realized the evening before that I have had a mole running amok through my north flower beds–the little critter had  tunneled up under my cone flowers and other perennials-leaving their roots pushed up into the hot air and they looked pretty damaged as a result–I had two choices–trap / kill  the varmint-or spray to repel it for a few weeks–believe it or not the spray is longer lasting control because if you have a mole–then you have a welcoming habitat-and as soon as others realize that  there is an opening–they will come in and claim the […]

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