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Flame Acanthus, Hummingbird Bush ( Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii )

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Flame Acanthus, Hummingbird Bush ( Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii )

The Flame Acanthus (Hummingbird Bush) is a Texas native that can handle the Texas heat once its established. It’s a late bloomer and will start to bloom in late summer through fall until first frost. The Hummingbird bush, during the blooming months, its covered with long slender, tubular, orange to red flowers. In the wild, it can be found in south-central Texas and West Texas and parts of Northern and Southern Mexico. Growing Flame Acanthus in Dallas and the Rest of DFW The Flame Acanthus grows great throughout most of Texas and other states...

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Lawn Aerating: The Benefits of Aerating Your Lawn

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Lawn Aerating: The Benefits of Aerating Your Lawn

Often heard friends, acquaintances or lawn professionals talk about the benefits of lawn aeration? British Lawns will give you a more in-depth explanation on what this process actually does for your lawn and also explain the do’s and don’ts that some industry leaders ignore. What is Lawn Aerating? Aerating is the process of punching holes into your lawn to allow air flow, enable fertilizers to work better and allow water to reach the roots more easily. Image Source: Originally found here, image belongs to Lawn Aeration Graphic Why Do I Need...

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Blue Lily of the Nile, Agapanthus

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Blue Lily of the Nile, Agapanthus

The Blue Lily of the Nile, Agapanthus, is a perennial  flower that can comes in a blue or white florets arranged in large globes. It can be found in flowerbeds or in pots to add a touch of blue to the garden. Blue Lily of the Nile The Blue Lily of the Nile originates in South Africa that grows in large clusters and will create displays of blue clusters of small flowers on a long stalks through out the late spring months through the summer months. As the Blue Lily of the Nile matures, it can over-crowd the flower beds. After 3 or 4 years, you...

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Understanding Your Plant Zone

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Understanding Your Plant Zone

When perusing through nurseries and tree farms it is important to understand which flowers, shrubs and trees thrive in certain areas of the country. To determine this, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published a guide to inform gardeners which zone certain plants can indeed thrive. Understanding the Plant Zone Map The different zones represent temperature, in laymen terms the USA has been divided up into zones and given a number; the zone is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones....

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How to Control Aphids

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How to Control Aphids

Aphids are small, soft-bodied insects with a long and slender mouth that is used to pierce stems, leaves, and tender parts of the plant to suck the fluids of the plant. They may be yellow, green, brown, red, or black depending on the species and the plants they feed on. Some may even look woolly or waxy. But that’s only because of the secretions they create. Their bodies are small and pear-shaped with long legs and antennae. Some even come with cornicles that project backwards out of the hind end of the body. As adults, they can reproduce...

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The Different Types of Pruning Shears

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The Different Types of Pruning Shears

Pruning shears are scissors that you use on plants and trees. They are used to prune small branches of shrubs, harvest fruit/vegetables, and shape unsightly shrubs. This garden tool is use by professional gardeners, landscapers, farmers, and horticultural specialists. They use them  to cut back dead parts of the plants, removing diseased sections, and to dead head a plant. Even if you do not own a large garden but just have a few plants and trees in your yard, Having a good pair of pruning shares can come in handy. Just like the...

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Everything You Wanted To Know About Mulch

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Everything You Wanted To Know About Mulch

Mulch is the adding of any material over the garden soil to retain moisture levels, prevent weeds, prevent erosion during heavy rains, and help maintain temperatures throughout the day and night. There are many different types of mulch to choose from. The most common forms of mulch are; organic matter, rubber, plastic, and gravel mulch. Image source: Garden Court Yard Factors to Keep in Mind When Selecting Mulch When selecting mulch, keep these factors in mind; appearance, cost, availability, pH, rate decomposition, and where it came from....

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Black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta

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Black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta

Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed Susan) is an annual wildflower that is a short-lived perennial in some regions. It is native to North America. It is probably one of the most common wildflower in the U.S. Black-eyed Susan These flowers could be found growing along the country roadsides. As you drive further into the country you can find fields that have been left to fallow and the Black-eyed Susan flowers have taken over and create a blanket of yellow flowers. In the City, you might find them growing in the “do not mow” wildflower plots on...

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Flowering Crabapple Tree

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Flowering Crabapple Tree

The Flowering Crab apple has a name not worthy of its beauty. This tree comes in many forms and guises, a kaleidoscope of colors that will have you musing over choice for many hours. Sit back, pour that glass of Chardonnay or crack open that bottle of Olde English Indian Pale Ale and start thinking what you would like to feast your eyes on in the spring while swinging in a hammock, my vision is a Crab apple! Image Source: Wikimedia Commons Five blossoms will radiate throughout the tree in spring before the lush green leaves begin to appear. A...

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