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Tough, but showy daffodils signal spring is near

February 28, 2015
Tough, but showy daffodils signal spring is near

Despite the chilly, wet weather, area landscapes show signs of spring.

No doubt encouraged by February’s 70-degree days, cheery daffodils are emerging from their winter dormancy and beginning their bloom.

A welcome sight at the end of winter, bulbs in the genus Narcissus often persist through ice and snow once they arise to greet spring.

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Getting your houseplants in order

February 2, 2015

Gardeners spend a lot of time outdoors tending to landscapes and gardens.

Little time is spent tending houseplants. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that houseplants often fall prey to insects and diseases.

With the exception of succulents and other seriously drought-tolerant species, most houseplants require water at least once a week.

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Reliable plants shine in landscapes

January 17, 2015
Reliable plants shine in landscapes

Few plants are as reliable as hollies.

With their bright berries and dark green leaves, they are perfect for use in seasonal displays, but their use is far more than decorative.

Evergreen hollies, in particular, are notable for their varied functions in landscapes. They act as windbreaks and screens, serve as foundation plantings, provide a backdrop to flowering plants, and shelter and feed wildlife.

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Have a berry merry holiday

December 20, 2014

Despite fallen leaves and faded flowers, the December garden is not bare.

In winter, attractive fruiting plants take center stage, providing bursts of color throughout the landscape and attracting birds and other wildlife that feast on the berries.

Many deciduous and evergreen plants produce colorful fruits that brighten dull winter days.

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Not too late to help plants through seasonal transition

November 22, 2014
Not too late to help plants through seasonal transition

Gardens need extra attention as temperatures plunge.

In fall, landscape plants typically prepare themselves for winter, but this year they faced early freezes. However, it is not too late to help plants through this seasonal transition. Assist them by energetically tackling issues that stress plants and by attending to seasonal chores.

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Prepare now for winter

November 8, 2014
Prepare now for winter

November brings a changing landscape.

Temperatures are cooler, flowers are fading, and leaves are dropping. This month, North Central Texas will likely experience the season’s first freeze, and winter will call a halt to the fall growing season.

Use what remains of the pleasant fall weather to complete outdoor chores and projects.

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Build your own scarecrow

October 25, 2014
Build your own scarecrow

Scarecrows have been used to guard crops for centuries. Despite their practical origins, today’s characters are particularly well dressed with hats, gloves and scarves!

A creature of many forms and faces, the scarecrow charms or spooks, depending on its primary purpose. Scarecrows have been known to loaf on the porch, work in the fields, guard the fence or simply hang out in the garden.

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Select these fall favorites

October 11, 2014
Select these fall favorites

October promises to give us a break from the scorching weather that typically lingers well past summer.

With any luck, temperatures will drop and rainfall will fall, triggering colorful blooms and signaling autumn’s arrival.

A few fall favorites for North Central Texas include:

COSMOS

Although many cosmos bloom in early-to-mid summer, others vigorously bloom in fall – particularly yellow and orange-colored varieties.

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Create ornamental grass design

September 27, 2014
Create ornamental grass design

Beautiful gardens consist of myriad plant types, such as flowers, vines, shrubs and trees.

In modern gardens, ornamental grasses are also considered essential building blocks in a well-conceived garden design. They provide color, structure and movement, even when other plants go dormant. Grasses offer endless versatility, come in many forms and may be used in a variety of situations.

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14 timely tips for fall gardens

September 13, 2014
14 timely tips for fall gardens

Fall is prime gardening season in North Central Texas.

Most plant types require attention – everything from wildflowers to trees.

Specific tasks include planting, pruning, fertilizing and controlling pests or disease. Take advantage of fall’s moderating weather to tackle the following tasks:

1. Plant trees and shrubs in fall or winter to allow plenty of time for roots to establish before the return of summer heat.

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