Gardening

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Making Shade

For decades now, I and every other nursery professional have proclaimed that fall is the best time to plant trees. It seems like every month I repeat myself, “We don’t have winters, we have summers!” when comparing central Texas to the majority of the country. Now is the time to undertake serious, labor intensive landscape…

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Autumn Is Upon Us

Truthfully it is hard to get in the right frame of mind to write this article while the temperature outside my window is over 100, so I’ve cranked up the AC and carved a pumpkin (actually a watermelon) into a jack-o-lantern in hopes of inspiration. We are only a few weeks away from the high…

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To Turf, or Not to Turf

The dog days of summer are now upon us. Temperatures can easily reach the 100’s… and stay there! These are trying times for we peoples as we spend more time indoors – bless the inventor of air conditioning – and generally avoid outdoor activities at all cost. Not only does the increase in temperatures affect…

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Gardening – Hot Stuff

June should bring us bushels of squash, tomatoes and cucumbers, a bounty of good eats from our vegetable gardens. Soon enough however the temperatures will start to rise, and stay there! Only the most intrepid of gardeners will brave the summers heat. Likewise, only a few vegetable plants thrive with our hot soils, drying winds…

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The Nose Knows

Has it rained at your place? Unfortunately, not so much where I sit; I can’t remember the last one-inch–plus “gully washer,” can you? Let me offer three little words of wisdom here folks: Mulch, Mulch & Mulch. Get a thick three to four inch insulation layer over all of your flower and shrub beds as…

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April Showers?

As I sit down to write, many in the area had the first decent rain I can remember in a quite a while last night…although sadly my yard remains dry. The bluebonnets are peaking down on 1604 and will be bursting through the Hill Country soon enough heralding spring. Redbud and peach trees are also…

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Turf-Grass, Roses & Tomatoes

February typically brings the first ‘warm’ front of the year with a day or two approaching, if not well in to the 80’s. These few warmer days spur many to fanciful thoughts of springs emanate arrival. Fertilize, plant and prepare; A few things we can do this month that will pay long term rewards for…

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January is for Fruit Trees

If you are like me, we are all five pounds heavier from the numerous apple and pecan pies we have consumed over the past thirty days; but hopefully we still have happy visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads. The next few weekends are usually spent napping on the sofa, lulled by sounds of…

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Gardening

Sure, I know what you are thinking “a funny time to start writing about gardening”, but no, there are many reasons to plant the seeds of inspiration as the shortest days and coldest mornings approach. While many are focusing their efforts on shopping for the newest in hand held combination phone-toaster-bug zapper, or boarding up…

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