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How To Stake A Tree

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How To Stake A Tree

Knowing when to stake a tree and when not to stake is tree is as important as knowing how to stake a tree. Believe it or not, staking a tree can actually be worse for it than letting it naturally grow in its hole. If a tree is staked incorrectly or left to long the staking process will damage the tree. Make sure the protective coating is wrapped around the tree and check your tree in about a year to see if the stakes can be removed. Check and see how the wraps around the tree or doing. If there is damage to the tree, remove them and adjust...

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Early Fall Garden Check List for North Texas

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Early Fall Garden Check List for North Texas

As many of you know just because the calendar and the weather news sites say its officially fall doesn’t mean its fall weather that other states start to see in September and October. Our temperatures do start to drop and they steadily continue to drop until January. The temperatures drop to near like spring temperatures in late September and October and almost never cold enough for an early  fall frost. Plant life that slowed down during our Texas summers come out of survival mode and start growing and producing flowers/fruit again. During...

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How to Start Composting

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How to Start Composting

Starting a compost pile is as easy a tossing your leaf and grass clippings in a pile and letting it rot for the growing season. But before I go into detail on how easy it to start composting your garden wastes, lets go over what actually is composting. What is Composting Composting is any organic matter that has decomposed and is being used as organic fertilizer and soil amendments. At the basic level, composting requires require green (live, press cut plants debris) and brown ( dying, plant waste) that is mixed together. Over time, the...

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Late Winter Gardening To-Do List

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Late Winter Gardening To-Do List

Its February, that means spring is just around the corner and there is a ton of stuff to do in your garden. Like most of us, we take time off from the garden and may even ignore it for a few months all together. Normally about this time of year, I have the garden all cleaned up. But this past winter has been a lot colder and even more snow/ice than usual. Between a crazy work schedule and the weather, I keep putting the yard work on hold. Image Source: flickr Yesterday, I was out in the yard scratching my head and figuring out my late winter...

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The Confederate Rose, Hibiscus Mutabilis

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The Confederate Rose, Hibiscus Mutabilis

The Confederate Rose or Cotton Rose (Hibiscus mutabilis) is a shrub that can grow into a small tree from China that thrives in the southern gulf coast of the United States. It can reach a height of fifteen to twenty feet tall and have a spread of ten feet. The foliage has a coarse texture on the underside and the size of the leaves range in size from five inches to seven inches. In the Dallas Fort Worth area the Confederate Rose will drop its leaves after first frost and soon after, the live wood will die back. Cut the dead wood to the ground...

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The Great Mimosa Tree Sacrifice!

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The Great Mimosa Tree Sacrifice!

You know me I’m fed up with the hum-drum plant selections from nursery’s, so I’m constantly on the look out for the weird and wonderful. When I get a sniff of a new plant the first thing I do is ask around, “hey, what do you think of Mimosa’s?” I ask. Every time I get the same response, don’t go near it, keep away, invasive, messy…so I went and brought one for my wife’s birthday! Image Source: Mimosa Tree Check those blooms out that peeked out this summer. My wife grew up in New York and...

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Use Paint Stir Sticks as Plant Tags

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Use Paint Stir Sticks as Plant Tags

Use paint stir sticks as a a cheap an easy way to add a decorative plant tag to the plants in your garden. Why Use Paint Stir Sticks as Plant Tags When looking for that extra touch for your garden or your indoor herb garden can be as simple as adding a decorative plant tag to the container or throughout the garden. But the thing is, most decorative plant tags are not cheap. For small plantings, this may not be a big deal, but for those with a large garden, then this a big deal. Although I do not have a large garden, I do have enough plants...

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Battle of the Bottle Brush

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Battle of the Bottle Brush

Native to Australia the Bottle Brush makes a striking shrub/tree if cared for correctly. As soon as you mention Australia when talking about plant life you immediately put this one to the way side if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, but wait, this shrub works, I literally have the living proof. The photo is from my very own Bottle Brush, the genus Callistemon which belongs to the family Myrtaceae and is grown throughout Australia. They love water, again if you live in Texas or other dry locations it needs some TLC, but if you do the right...

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The Five Most Popular Types of Mulches

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The Five Most Popular Types of Mulches

Recently I wrote an article about mulch but, I didn’t go into detail about the different types of mulches and which ones were the most popular types of mulch. Today, I want to go more into detail about the more popular types of mulch. Image Source: Flickr The Most Popular Types of Mulch In the garden center, you will come across a large variety of mulches, everything from wood mulches to rubber mulches. But I find that the most popular mulches change with the season. But what doesn’t change is that the most popular mulch is hardwood mulch....

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32-0-8 – What Do these Fertilizer Numbers Mean?

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32-0-8 – What Do these Fertilizer Numbers Mean?

Ever wondered what the three numbers represent on a bag of fertilizer for your lawn and landscaping plants mean? Choosing the correct fertilizer can be a challenge. Three of the elements necessary for lawn and plant growth are oxygen, hydrogen and carbon. These are all available from the environment free of charge! Image Source: Hedera helix seedling However, plants also need nutrients that aren’t always available. Nutrients don’t stay long in the soil and have to be replenished regularly. Each ‘number’ plays an...

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