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Our Life With Trees

What’s eating the trees! 

Live oak trees are a popular landscape tree because they are long lived and relatively care- free.  But they are undergoing attacks all around south Texas from Datana caterpillars.  Specifically Datana constricta.     http://www.bugguide.com shows that they are wreaking... Continue Reading →

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Our New Trim for Texas Sabals

Texas Sabal palms are the only large palm that grows native in Texas. They have a full canopy that gives lots of shade and provides habitat for birds.    Orioles are known to nest under the dry fronds and parrots... Continue Reading →

Rostrata Blooms

  For the first time since we planted rostratas in our fields 5 years ago, we have a few that are blooming!     The flower spikes are less structured than other  Yuccas but the petals are large, airy, and... Continue Reading →

In Honor of Earth Day

Earth Day was this past Saturday (April 22), so I've been thinking about actions we can take to help this amazing planet of ours.  Here are three straightforward actions to support Planet Earth: START DOING:  Plant Trees Our planet is losing... Continue Reading →

Protect the roots

This lovely tree planting bed is so much more than meets the eye! These home owners took great care to protect the existing trees when they graded their new yard. Remember to keep the root flare exposed when planting a... Continue Reading →

Landscaping with Palms

A dreary, rainy day is perfect for planning and I have palm trees on my mind!   Palm trees add a tropical, take-me-away feeling to any landscape.    Here are a few great ways to use them in your garden... Continue Reading →

Pindo Palms

I have never considered adding a pindo palm to my landscape because of the heavy clay that I live (and garden) in.    But Alvin's latest "freeze fix" has me reconsidering. One of Alvin's friends, who had suffered suffered freeze... Continue Reading →

How Cold Hardy Are My Palms?

Although we have hardly had a winter down in deep south Texas, most of the state has suffered through a couple of frigid events.    If you have palm trees, some probably didn't survive the winter. Here's a little info... Continue Reading →

Preparing your Plants for a Light Freeze

What to do when a freeze is predicted.

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