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butterflies on flowers

Gardens designed to attract and nurture butterflies are becoming more and more popular in our area because they are not only beautiful, but contribute to the health and well-being of one of our very important pollinators. Butterfly gardens also give us an opportunity to provide a fun and educational family activity. There is an impressive …

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flowers at the nursery

Consider daylilies for your landscape. Look for the large bloomed selections that are blooming right now in yellow, gold, orange and rust. They are showy, drought tolerant, and not fussy about soil. The foliage makes an excellent groundcover unless you have deer in your neighborhood. Daylilies are a favorite deer food. The tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, …

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woman fertilizing yard

 There is still time to apply a pre-emergent herbicide to reduce summer weeds from germinating.  This is especially important if you were bothered by sandburs and/or crabgrass. Halt, Dimension, Crabgrass Preventer, Amaze and XL are good herbicides for the job.  Note that a second application should be applied in mid-June. To be ready for the …

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Place birdhouses in the landscape for titmice, Carolina wren, chickadee, house finch and golden-fronted woodpeckers in addition to purple martins. Each species favors different box dimensions, hole size and placement. Do an internet search or obtain a reference book from the library or bookstore to obtain the recommended specifications. Use bluebonnet transplants to begin your …

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It is hard to believe that after having 10 inches more rain than the average in the first half of 2016, we are already irrigating lawns.  The same thing happened in 2015. It is what happens when you have shallow, poor soil and a high evaporation rate. There is a limited soil reservoir below our …

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Too often when we think about landscaping we only consider lawns and shade trees.  It is important   to balance the landscape between shade trees and lawn with perennials, shrubs and small trees. In addition to the aesthetics involved, the perennials, shrubs and small trees allow you to increase color in the landscape and habitat for …

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Now is a good time to consider the hot weather root- hardy perennials. The list includes esperanza, poinciana, duranta, vitex, firebush, thyrallis and milkweed. Grow them all in full sun. All are drought tolerant.   Esperanza has yellow tubular flowers on light green foliage that the deer do not usually eat. They grow to 7 …

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  Consider daylilies for your landscape. Look for the large bloomed selections that are blooming right now in yellow, gold, orange and rust. They are showy, drought tolerant, and not fussy about soil. The foliage makes an excellent groundcover unless you have deer in your neighborhood. Daylilies are a favorite deer food The tomatoes, peppers, …

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petunia bush

  Here are some traditional Texas Superstars that are worthy of consideration for the sunny part of your summer landscape. Laura Bush petunia (pictured above) was selected as a Superstar because it is a fast growing, spreading plant with attractive pink or violet blooms. Additionally it is more heat tolerant than most other petunias. If it …

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rocks and texas perennials in a yard

For gardening purposes, I consider April as the first warm weather month. The lawn begins serious growth in April. Don’t be confused by the decline of the rescue grass annual bluegrass and other winter weeds. They will die in the heat in time for the warm weather lawn grasses to fill the space. Mow St …

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