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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.

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 →

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.

It’s all about those roots!

At Simmons Oak Farms, all our shade trees are field grown in RootMaker bags.  These bags have a solid bottom with a knit mesh on the sides.  As you can see in the picture above, this system helps the tree... Continue Reading →

Palm Trimming 

Just because someone has a lift truck and a saw does not make him a tree trimmer.  The best way to protect your palms against this kind of hatchet job is with a little knowledge of your own.   When... Continue Reading →

Wind Damage to Your Trees

With hurricane season beginning within the week, it's a great time to assess your trees and try to anticipate which might be vulnerable to wind damage.    Typical wind damage includes loss of limbs, split trunk, and total uprooting of... Continue Reading →

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