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How To Stake A Tree

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...

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Early Fall Garden Check List for North Texas

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...

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How to Start Composting

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...

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Late Winter Gardening To-Do List

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...

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The Confederate Rose, Hibiscus Mutabilis

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...

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The Great Mimosa Tree Sacrifice!

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...

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