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  • It’s Fall! Time to put out Pre-Emergent!

    October 16, 2019 by

    Is it too late to apply a pre-emergent to my lawn and flower beds since it’s Fall? No, this is the perfect time to broadcast pre-emergent granules on your lawn and flower beds to help prevent cool season weeds from germinating and growing this winter. Your lawn will be so much healthier when it isn’t competing for… Read more

  • Houseplant Care Series: Fertilizing

    October 16, 2019 by

    Since the roots of houseplants are trapped and unable to go elsewhere, unlike in-ground plants that can look ‘elsewhere’ for food, they’re counting on you for feeding! Houseplants need fertilizing with an all-purpose plant food, such as Schultz® Liquid Plant Food, Schultz® All Purpose Slow Release Granular Plant Food, or Bonide® 10-10-10 Liquid Plant Food.… Read more

  • Houseplant Care Series: Water & Humidity

    October 9, 2019 by

    While MOST indoor plants need water about once a week, it can vary depending on how old the plant’s root system is, what kind of container/pot it is in, where the plant is placed in your home (and how much sunlight/heat it gets), and also what variety of houseplant it is. Plants placed in a… Read more

  • 9 Superb Shade Trees

    October 9, 2019 by

    Shumard Oak Grows to 120’ tall and 50’ – 60’ wide Fast growing, up to 3’ per year after established Deciduous tree (will lose its leaves in the winter) Leaves are green and turn scarlet in the fall Produces acorns, 1 inch long Monterrey Oak (Mexican White Oak) Sometimes referred to as an Upright Live… Read more

  • Fall Container Ideas

    October 2, 2019 by

    Fall is an excellent time to show off your seasonal favorites like mums, pansies, violas, and flowering kale or cabbage. Play with colorful and dynamic combos of perennials, annuals and grasses to create stunning containers. Use solid colored Pansies in orange and velvety black to make the perfect Hallow’s Eve arrangement. Place in a black… Read more

  • Houseplant Care Series: All About Light & Sun

    October 2, 2019 by

    While all plants need light, the amount of the light they each need varies. This depends on where the plant originally came from, for example, most houseplants are natives of the jungle floor that have evolved to thrive on filtered light (like the light that makes its way through jungle canopies).  Light-sensitive houseplants may develop scorched… Read more

  • 6 Uses for Ornamental Grass

    September 25, 2019 by

    Late summer and Fall is the time Ornamental Grasses put on their show.  Now is the time while to pick out your favorites to add to your landscape. 6 reasons to use Ornamental Grasses These graceful plants sway in the breeze bringing movement to any area. Dwarf varieties can be used in landscape beds or… Read more

  • When Should I Take Down My Hummingbird Feeder?

    September 19, 2019 by

    This is a question that has 2 very different and distinct answers: Take the feeders down by mid-September Leave the feeders up until 2 weeks after you have seen the last hummer in the Fall. Which is right? That is for you to decide for yourself, but here is the thinking behind each one. Take the… Read more

  • 13 GREAT Groundcovers

    September 18, 2019 by

    Do you have bare spots in your yard where grass won’t grow?   Under a large tree that is too shady for grass?  A slope or steep area?  If you’ve answered “YES!” to any of these questions, you may need a groundcover to solve your issue. What is a groundcover? The definitive answer would be “Any… Read more

  • 6 Mistakes Homeowners Make

    September 10, 2019 by

    That Landscapers HATE to Fix Overplanting While more MAY be better in some cases, it’s not better to have more in your landscape. Not spacing out your plants and over-filling them may offer instant gratification for the first year your new plants are in the ground, but in two years, your plants will begin to… Read more

  • Monarch Migration

    September 10, 2019 by

    We touched on the monarch arrival back in our last newsletter, as this annual migration is a unique and amazing phenomenon in North America. The monarch butterfly is the ONLY butterfly known to make a two-way migration like birds do! Some fly as far as 3,000 miles to reach their wintertime home. Where are they… Read more

  • How To Plant In Red Clay Soil

    September 4, 2019 by

    So many people in the South have red clay soil. This stuff is mushy and disgusting when it is wet; but when it is dry, it takes on a form almost like concrete. Worst of all? It’s completely nutrient deficient. Red clay soon becomes waterlogged during rainy weather. When soil stays wet, the water can… Read more

  • How to Find and Treat Spider Mites

    August 28, 2019 by

    Sometimes big problems come in teeny tiny sizes. Spider mites are tiny web-spinning bugs that eat sap from the bottom of leaves.  They are super hard to see, because they’re only about the size of a grain of pepper! As tiny as they are, it’s amazing the HUGE amount of damage they can cause. If leaves… Read more

  • Low Growing Shrubs for Almost Any Area!

    August 28, 2019 by

    Keeping with the theme of low growing shrubs here are two groups – those for shady spots and for sunny to partial sun areas. Shade:   Mojo Pittosporum – Evergreen, low mounding shrub with light green and cream  variegated leaves.  It is salt tolerant, deer resistant, and has orange smelling blossoms in the Spring.  … Read more

  • Delightful Dragonflies!

    August 21, 2019 by

    Flying insects are for the most part, really annoying. Mosquitoes bite you, leaving itchy red welts. Wasps sting. Flies are just disgusting. But there’s something kind of magical about dragonflies. Adult dragonflies are what people in the gardening industry call, “beneficial bugs”, meaning that they eat the pesky insects that fly, like flies. They are also a… Read more

  • Grass Got the Summertime Blues?

    August 15, 2019 by

    You’ve been watering your grass all summer long and it may look bleached out. Make it look like spring again with Ironite!  This granular iron product is simple to apply to your lawn and will make your lawn or plants turn green – not overnight but almost. You might ask, why not just use some… Read more

  • The Best Small Trees for Your Yard

    August 14, 2019 by

    Chaste Tree One of our favorite trees!  Who wouldn’t want a tree that has blue flowers throughout the summer?  This fast growing tree is known as a “Texas Superstar” for how well it performs and the Texas Department of Transportation uses them in landscape designs on highways throughout the state.  It is deer resistant, prefers… Read more

  • Mighty Mint: All About This Old-Fashioned Favorite

    August 7, 2019 by

    Mint, or mentha, is grown practically everywhere in the world; therefore, it makes appearances in almost every cuisine. This versatile culinary herb is delicious both dried and fresh. So, why do people hate growing mint? Bring up the topic of mint with many a gardener, and you’ll be greeted with a resounding, “Don’t plant mint! It… Read more

  • Top 5 Shrubs to Use for Screening Purposes

    August 7, 2019 by

    Elaeagnus – terrible name, great plant!  The silver-green leaf color gives you great contrast in your landscape.  Highly drought tolerant once established and can handle almost any soil conditions.  They grow quickly to a 8’x8’ and taller and thrive in full sun or part sun.  They are DEER RESISTANT too!! Southern Wax Myrtle – Olive-green… Read more

  • The Benefits of Bird Baths

    August 7, 2019 by

    Do you enjoy watching birds in your yard? Here’s something you might not know.  You can attract other species of birds that won’t visit your feeder for seeds but will come for a steady source of water. Install a bird bath and maintain it properly and you will see a marked increase in the species… Read more

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