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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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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 →

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 →

Wild Olive or Anacahuita

Sunday was the perfect day to spend outdoors - cool and sunny.  After burning the branches already in the fire pit, we wandered through the yard trimming dead wood to keep the fire going.   It gave us a chance to take... Continue Reading →

Wooly Oak Galls

the tree forms the gall which then houses and protects the larvae until they hatch

Cedar Elm

Even though it’s by far the tiniest tree in our yard, birds will still choose it to perch in it.

Texas Mountain Laurel

Native to Southwest and Central Texas, the blooms of the Texas Mountain Laurel are one of the first signs of spring.      The flowers are typically dark purple but occasionally a tree will bloom in pale lavender or white.   No matter... Continue Reading →

How To Plant A Tree

The single most important factor to how a newly planted tree performs is whether it was planted correctly.

Honey Mesquite

A signature plant of south Texas, the mesquite tree’s popularity as a landscape tree is growing rapidly.    Its spreading canopy gives dappled shade and relief from our brutal summer sun.      The mesquites pictured above are growing along a... Continue Reading →

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