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Create bulb planter to brighten winter days

January 30, 2016
Create bulb planter to brighten winter days

Want to bring a little color to your home during those dull winter days?

Add a few containers of blooming plants to your sunny rooms, porches and patios.

Forcing spring bulbs is one easy and flexible way to create colorful containers. Bulbs need little care while in bloom. When they are spent, the bulbs are easily replaced with other cool season flowers or evergreens.

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Vibrant cyclamen easy to grow

December 19, 2015
Vibrant cyclamen easy to grow

While evergreens dominate the holidays as wreaths, swags and Christmas trees, the season would not be complete without colorful container plants such as poinsettia, amaryllis, Christmas cactus and cyclamen.

Cyclamen is especially easy to grow, which makes it ideal for gift giving, cultivating as a houseplant or for growing outdoors as a cool-season annual.

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Enjoy bulbs in fall and spring

October 24, 2015
Enjoy bulbs in fall and spring

This is the season to enjoy fall flowering bulbs while also planting bulbs that flower in spring.

Spring-flowering bulbs are readily available at garden centers through November, while autumn bloomers are somewhat difficult to locate.

Both types offer striking color, interesting form and textural interest in the “between” seasons.

Fall flowering bulbs typically bloom after seasonal rain and cooler weather arrives.

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Plan now for a winning flower garden

October 12, 2015
Plan now for a winning flower garden

Fall is a terrific time to plan next year’s perennial garden.

As summer flowers wane, empty or crowded areas in the garden become more apparent.

After a season of warm-weather outdoor activities, homeowners are more aware of how their landscapes are utilized, helping them to allocate space for future beds and borders.

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Proper pruning key to stop oak wilt

October 12, 2015

Trees are a valuable asset to any property.

It is evident that many residents have a love of their trees, and those trees add economic value and improve the aesthetics of their property.

Pruning or not pruning trees is an important part of keeping those trees healthy, preventing injury and preventing the spread of disease.

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Fall is best time to plant dry garden

September 26, 2015
Fall is best time to plant dry garden

Dry gardens are best when planted in fall despite the fact that the weather is cooler and humidity is more prevalent.

Shrubs and trees develop their root systems during fall and winter, which better prepares them for summer conditions.

Wildflowers perform best when seeds are scattered in fall. And bulbs such as iris, which grow well in dry gardens, may also be planted.

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Help plants recover from heat

September 12, 2015
Help plants recover from heat

The extreme summer heat has taken a toll on landscapes, but all is not lost if gardeners and homeowners intervene to save their plants.

First, assist high-value plants. Since water may be limited and costly, you should allocate resources to save plants that are the most difficult and costly to replace, such as mature trees and shrubs.

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Deter Bambi with deer-resistant plants

August 15, 2015
Deter Bambi with deer-resistant plants

While deer are beautiful creatures with eyes that can melt your heart, they quickly incur your wrath when they amble onto your property and eat plants.

Encouraged by misguided folks who feed them and lured by abundant exotic edibles, deer often roam neighborhoods unafraid of humans and perfectly willing to sample the landscape buffet.

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Salvias: One of the best plants for Texas

August 1, 2015
Salvias: One of the best plants for Texas

Also known as sage, plants of the salvia species fill gardens with color, texture and scent.

Many varieties provide food and nectar for wildlife, while others make great additions to culinary gardens. What’s more, salvias fare well in difficult environments. For these reasons, they are considered to be among the best plants for Texas gardens.

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Adding a little spice in your life

August 1, 2015

There’s a million ways to make delicious salsa, and you may learn a million and one.

Lake Granbury Master Gardeners will host a “Make Your Own Salsa” workshop Thursday, Aug. 27, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for adults interested in cooking with fresh garden ingredients.

All participants will take home a jar of freshly prepared salsa.

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