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Oak Wilt in Central Texas: Caring For Our Oak Trees

By Erin | July 29, 2017

              Oak wilt is a disease that has been bringing down oak motts around the hill country for a few years now, reducing them to skeletons of their former selves…and it’s potentially fatal to some of species in the Oak family. This is a serious threat to oak trees…

Greener Pastures: How to Solve 3 Common Lawn Problems

By Erin | July 23, 2017

                Ah the lawn….the feel of the soft lush leaves between your toes on a warm day is the best, and what with it being the dog days of summer I figure I can let you in on some of the info I’ve picked up about lawns since so many of us are trying to…

Handling Drought Conditions in Texas

By Erin | July 17, 2017

Believe it or not, a good chunk of Texas counties are still under drought conditions as of this writing, though not as severe as it was a few years back; take a look at this website and it’ll help paint a picture. Water is a precious commodity and will only become more valuable with time,…

The Life Cycle of the Fantastic Flowering Agave

By Erin | July 12, 2017

I’ve noticed a number of flowering agave blooming around town, and it has me thinking about monocarpic plants. ‘What a fascinatingly weird word, what is it and what does it mean?’, you’re no doubt asking yourself. Well…lets delve a little deeper into it and talk some botany and plant life cycles! All plants, like every…

The War on Mosquitos

By Erin | June 2, 2017

Mosquito War is Serious Mosquitos suck, pun intended; they bite too…well at least the females, the male mosquito lives off of nectar. With all the rain recently there has been a steady influx of the little vampires, so I figured let’s review some of the products utilized to repel or deter the buggers. These will…

Plant Fertilizers

By Erin | May 23, 2017

Let’s talk plant fertilizers and fertilizing! When to do it? How often? How much? What those numbers mean? First and foremost, let’s break down nutrients and what some of them do. Plant nutrients are essential for a plant to remain healthy, just like people when something gets outta whack, symptoms begin to appear. Nutrients can…

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Hydrangeas, The Chameleon of the Flower Garden

By Erin | May 1, 2017

Hydrangeas the Chameleon of the Flower Garden Hydrangeas are what I immediately think of when I imagine a cottage garden, something taken straight out of a Thomas Kincaid cottage painting. Don’t ask me why…that image just resonates with me when I think of that plant; which is odd, as most plant attributes portrayed in landscape…

Wooly Stemodia

By Erin | March 27, 2017

Silvery leaves; purple flowers Texas Native: Texas Height: 4-6″ Spread: 3’+ Light: Sun/part shade Deciduous Drought Tolerance: Low Maintenance: Prune unattractive foliage Delicate blooms; good cascading plant for pots; needs good drainage; can be poisonous to livestock

Terra Forming: Creating Your Own Terrarium

By Erin | July 18, 2016

Terrariums are cool, they’re essentially terraforming in a jar! That’s right people the future is now, want to build an ecosystem up from essentially nothing look no further than a terrarium. And what’s more we just set up a wicked terrarium display area and potting station…                …so let’s dig a little deeper, learn some…

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Crape Myrtle

By Erin | July 12, 2016

It’s time to declare, loud and clear this time: Stop topping those poor crape myrtles BY NEIL SPERRY     Sent to us by Peter Sproul 01/03/2015 10:08 AM 01/03/2015 10:08 AM This photo shows how unsightly crape myrtles can be when they have been butchered. This is done annually by the landscape crew that…

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