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Care for Blackfoot daisy?
Hi, I have two blackfoot daisies and one has died. I've planted them in full sun on a well drained slope. Do these ususally die after blooming? Should I cut the other one back? Thanks.
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Are bluebonnets toxic to horses from Pearland TX
Are bluebonnets toxic to horses?
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Natives for a raised, part-shade bed in Pearland TX
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Grasses and wildflowers for Houston meadow
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Pearland, TX
Discouraging rabbit snacking in the garden in Pearland TX
I planted winecups and pink evening primrose in my new landscape beds amongst other native grasses and shrubs. Rabbits have been eating these wildflowers down to the ground. I want to attract wildli...
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Problems with Silverado Sage in Pearland, TX.
Hi, We have three Silverado Sage bushes we planted last year. They did great during the drought. However, this winter they had a severed leaf drop of mostly just the centers of them. These cente...
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Pearland, TX
Evergreen Shrubs for the Houston area
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Pearland, TX
Tree for sound block near Houston
I live in Pearland, just south of Houston and am looking for a tree that I can plant along my fenceline between my neighbor and me that will block noise. We have a pool and entertain a lot, but they a...
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Pearland, TX
Selection of native trees to replace trees lost in hurricane
Hello, I have a tree replacement list I must choose from as I live in a HOA deeded area. I lost 2 pines to the hurricane. And according to them I need to replace with 2 large trees. The pines were 15 ...
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Pearland, TX
Replacement for trees destroyed by Hurricane Ike
We had a 23 year old elm tree in our front yard that was uprooted from Hurricane Ike (about 50 feet tall)..can you tell us what the replacement costs for that would be? Also we had a 20 foot live oak ...
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Pearland, TX
Replacement for dead oak tree after hurricane
Mr. Smarty Plants, It still is hard to believe but my dead Oak tree survived H.Ike! Now that I've gotten that dreaded letter from the HOA, they want me to replace it with at least a 45 gallon tree....
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Pearland, TX
Preservation of a non-native Norfolk pine after hurricane damage
I had a 25ft. Norfolk pine blow down during hurricane. I have the top 6ft.in water living after 3 weeks. Can I plant this hoping it will survive? Do I need to cut into the trunk or just trim back the ...
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Pearland, TX
Plant Identification from Pearland TX
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Grasses for dry bottom detention ponds
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Privacy screen by pool in Friendswood, TX
We just moved into a new home with a pool in the backyard. We are trying to figure out what to plant along the back fence to allow for a bit of privacy; we have no direct backyard neighbors but there...
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