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Building the perfect garden bed

March 21, 2015
Building the perfect garden bed

Creativity is the key to maximizing a garden’s yield, especially when building spaces that foster plant growth, boost yield and minimize failures.

Most plants, particularly vegetables, prefer growing in soil that is at least 12 inches deep.

Since achieving this depth is difficult in many Texas soils, gardening in raised beds makes good sense.

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All about irises

March 21, 2015
All about irises

Lake Granbury Master Gardeners (LGMG) will present “Planting and Caring for Iris” Tuesday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. Master Gardeners LaNell Whitley and Georgia Blaylock will instruct the free program. In addition, they will show photos of the many irises that will be offered for sale at the LGMG plant sale April 11.

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Save rainwater for later use

March 21, 2015
Save rainwater for later use

Learn how to save rainwater.

On Monday, April 6 the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension–Hood County Office in conjunction with the Lake Granbury Watershed Project will host a rainwater harvesting seminar.

Participants will be able to make and take home a rain barrel to begin storing rainwater.

The program begins at 6:30 p.m.

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Golf course supervisor to give lawn tips

March 21, 2015

Lake Granbury Master Gardeners will present “Caring for Bermuda and Other Warm-Season Grass Lawns” Tuesday evening starting at 6:30.

Kerry Smith, golf course and grounds supervisor for deCordova, will speak in Annex I, 1410 W. Pearl St.

Reservations are required. Call 817-579-3280 or email [email protected]

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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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