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Washington, TX
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My property in Washington County has a lot of very old rattan vine, much of which is 3" in diameter. All of the leaf and berry production on these vines is well over 50' above the ground. I manage...
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Washington, TX
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Richards, TX
When should a redbud start blooming?
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Shiro, TX
Need help with a Coreopsis eating beetle in Shiro, TX
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Shiro, TX
How to determine the gender of wax myrtles from the WFC?
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Shiro, TX
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Shiro, TX
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Shiro, TX
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College Station, TX
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Where might I find a list of native plants suitable for clay soils in the College Station TX area?
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