Our Life With Trees


Mary Beth

I run a tree and palm farm and garden for fun and sanity - ok I'm a plant nerd who is having lots of fun growing and learning about new plants.

6 Questions for your Palm Trimmer

The freezing temps from last winter have left us with lots of  burned fronds on our palms.    The next step is to have someone remove the brown fronds but there are a few things homeowners and property managers should... Continue Reading →


5 Cold-hardy Palms for Texas

Texas has just been through its coldest winter in many, many years - and if you believe the prognosticating of Punxsutawner Phil, we still have three more weeks of it.    There was even measurable snow in the Rio Grande... Continue Reading →

4 Ways to Get More Blooms from your Texas Mountain Laurels

It's so disappointing this time of year when you get no (or few) blooms on your Texas Mountain Laurels!   Fear not . . .  there may be a few things you can do to help . . . .   Really,... Continue Reading →

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. shows that they are wreaking... Continue Reading →

Texas Sabals: a new trim for more successful transplanting

Texas Sabal palms are the only large palm that grows native in Texas.   Unfortunately they are a little bit difficult to transplant. Their beauty and use by nature make it worth the risk to plant Texas Sabal palms.   They have... 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 quite striking.... Continue Reading →

2 ways to protect your 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. #1  Remember to keep the root flare exposed The root... 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. #1  Plant for space definition: Use in rows to line something or define... 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 →

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