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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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Substitute shrubs with succulents

July 18, 2015
Substitute shrubs with succulents

Woody plants with multiple stems or trunks, such as hollies, yaupon or junipers, are obvious selections for inclusion in landscape designs.

These evergreens are attractive, durable and available in many sizes, but they are not the only plants that adequately fulfill the role of “shrubby” plants.

Shrubs add weight, shape, texture, color and dimension to planting compositions.

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Select plants that withstand the scorching summer

July 4, 2015

July brings on the heat, forcing plants and gardeners to cope with its consequences. Flowers fade. Soils dry quickly. Weak plants falter. Lawns brown. And thirsty landscapes require irrigation.

When hot summer weather strikes, drought- and heat-tolerant plants fare best in area landscapes, especially when they are carefully selected, thoughtfully planted and well tended throughout the year.

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How to recognize plant problems

June 20, 2015

Gardens are lovely to view but difficult to maintain in pristine condition.

Unfortunately, there are no perfect landscapes, especially when they are affected by harsh weather. After an especially wet spring, area landscape plants are showing evidence of pest, disease and moisture-related damage.

After years of drought, it seems a bit unfair to complain about rain when area landscapes are lush and green, and rivers and lakes are full.

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Bring lunch and learn companion planting

June 20, 2015

Brown bag it and learn about companion planting Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m.

Lake Granbury Master Gardeners (LGMG) will present the program in Annex I, 1410 W. Pearl St.

It is free.

Master Gardener Jo Beth Cloud will instruct, and attendees are invited to bring their own lunch.

Companion planting is the practice of placing plants in a garden in such as way that it is beneficial to one or more of the plants.

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Watershed workshop Tuesday

June 20, 2015

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host a free watershed steward workshop in Granbury Tuesday starting at 1 p.m. in the Granbury Resort Conference Center on East Pearl Street.

Water quality related to Lake Granbury and watershed management in general (including hydrology, water quality, water quality law, agricultural and urban best management practices) will be discussed.

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Scootin’ in the rain

June 20, 2015
Scootin’ in the rain

Nine-year-old Milo Hall’s scooter sure came in handy when it came to skipping puddles in the pouring rain during her trek with Austin Cooper Wednesday morning on East Pearl Street. Hood County received another soaking with 2 to 3 inches of rainfall reported across the area. Austin is a friend of the family.

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Brown bag it and learn

June 6, 2015

Lake Granbury Master Gardeners (LGMG) will present “Companion Planting” on Tuesday, June 23, from noon to 1 p.m. in Annex I, 1410 W. Pearl St.

Master Gardener Jo Beth Cloud will instruct. Attendees are invited to bring their lunch and learn during this brown bag seminar, which is free and open to the public.

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