Ornamental grasses are friendly neighbors. They happily co-exist with other types of plants, but they particularly love to be grouped in close proximity to their own kind.
If you learn to design with plant “communities,” you will more effectively arrange gardens with an eye toward the role plants play in the larger landscape rather than solely for their individual qualities. This is especially true with ornamental grasses.… Read the rest
Gardeners are invited to enter the annual Hood County Fruit & Vegetable Show Monday afternoon in Annex I on West Pearl Street.
Vegetable categories include all of the summer garden delights – tomatoes, squash, beans, onions, etc.
Fruit includes apples, apricots, grapes, peaches, pears and plums.
Entries should be checked in from 2 to 3:30 Monday afternoon in Annex I, 1410 W.… Read the rest
The Lake Granbury Master Gardeners (LGMG) will host a program on bee keeping Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Annex I, 1410 W. Pearl St.
Lake Granbury Master Gardener LaVonda Becker will share her knowledge of honeybees, their habits and bee keeping equipment.
The program is a part of the 2013 LGMG Continuing Education Series. The fee for participating is $15.… Read the rest
Many plants fare well when planted in containers.
Some thrive for a short time while others happily sit in pots for years before sulking. The key to successful container gardening is proper plant selection, intelligent design and consistent maintenance.
Annual flowers are popular potted plants because they are long blooming. Perennials, herbs, grasses and small shrubs or trees also flourish in container gardens.… Read the rest
Area trees took quite a beating from hail and high winds as deadly tornadoes ripped across Texas May 15.
The clean-up process began almost immediately. Broken limbs were gathered, piled in heaps and left curbside. As unfortunate as it was to incur this damage – the far greater loss was lives. … Read the rest
It is scary, but true. Pesticides are abused.
All too often, pesticides affect livestock, pets, wildlife and people. They are often used without a thought given to environmental consequences. And since a majority of pesticides need never be applied, they can be a danger to the very plants that they are supposed to protect. … Read the rest
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Landscapes that are designed to save water will fare better in North Central Texas than those that require heavy doses of H2O.
Low-water landscapes, otherwise known as xeriscapes, can be economical, beautiful, highly diverse, wildlife friendly and environmentally beneficial. Some of the best native or well-adapted perennials for area xeriscapes include: … Read the rest
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North Central Texas towns have a lot to learn from San Antonio, Austin and Denver. These cities are advanced in promoting the use of water efficient landscaping.
Since the early 1980s, thousands of residents in these three cities have embraced the principles of xeriscaping.
A term that is often misunderstood, xeriscape simply means dry landscapes. Described previously as “the art of water sensible landscaping,” “appropriate horticulture,” or “water conservation through creative landscaping”, xeriscape is currently defined as “quality landscaping that conserves water and protects the environment.” … Read the rest