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leaves on a tree

Late fall through early spring is the best time to plant trees and shrubs in South Texas.  The plants have time to develop roots in the cool soil before they face the stress of a hot, dry summer. The process of selecting and planting a tree or shrub is not overly complicated, but it deserves …

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Green Tree Rebate

CPS customers can receive a $50 rebate per tree when you purchase a qualified tree and plant it in the right place to save on your energy bill. Qualifying trees are limited to a select number of drought resistant, canopy tree species in order to provide optimum shade for your home. When selecting trees, consider …

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pumpkin

October is an excellent time to plant trees and shrubs. Take advantage of sales at area nurseries and the mild weather to plant recommended shade trees and shrubs. Among the recommended shade trees are live oaks, cedar elms, Texas red oaks, Mexican sycamore, Chinese pistache, Mexican white oak, Shumard oak, bur oak, and chinkapin oak.  …

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Firebush plant

  Plant the cole crops and other greens by transplants now. Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, Swiss chard, collards, are among those available at area nurseries. If the birds are damaging your ripe tomatoes on the vine, try harvesting the fruit early, as soon as it shows a color change from green.  They will ripen …

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sunflowers

We all have our hobbies. Ours just happens to be gardening, and it’s a hobby that can improve your health in ways you didn’t realize. If your hobby tends to be something that’s not good for you, you may want to consider gardening as a replacement habit. Here’s how cultivating plants benefits us all. Stress: …

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Daylily Flower

In Texas, a good time for dividing and planting daylilies is in the fall. Plant them in a mostly sunny location. Some shade is just fine, but dense shade will stunt growth and flower production. Use a soil mixture that allows drainage but also retains moisture. Daylilies have been called America’s favorite perennial because of their carefree garden …

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Hummingbird

The hot dry summer continues to be tough on gardeners and landscapes.  The extreme weather is also tough on the birds that many gardeners feel are essential parts of the gardening experience. Here are some ideas to help some of our favorite birds be successful and visible in our gardens: Sunflowers Sunflowers love the sun …

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Summer flowers available at Milbergers

It is an especially difficult time with sandburs. If the infested area is not large, pop the plants out of the soil with the tip of your shovel. Bag the plants with their crop of burs for the garbage can. For large area drag a carpet remnant to catch the burs. Apply pre-emergent herbicide for …

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Indoor basil plant on a window ledge

Can’t take the heat? Stay inside! In the high temperatures, it’s difficult to stay outside all day and care for your lawn. Try caring for your house plants instead. Indoor plant care is similar to outdoor gardening with a few minor changes. Here’s a few tips on how to care for your indoor, house plants. …

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tomato plant

In the July heat it is hard to think about cold weather  but if you have  planted fall tomatoes in past years and failed to harvest ripe fruit before  cold weather  destroyed the plants, you will want to  consider “beating the cold” with the recommendations in this article. By planting now, in July, you can …

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