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Fulshear, TX
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Wharton, TX
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Wharton, TX
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Rosenberg, TX
Inducing flowering on vines
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Rosenberg, TX
List of trees native to Texas
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Rosenberg, TX
How can I tell the age of a Pecan tree in Rosenberg, TX?
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Rosenberg, TX
When can native wildflower mix seeds be planted from Rosenberg TX
I received a package of "All Native Wildflower Mix". The package says plant in Spring. Is too late to plant now or should I wait for next March?
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Sealy, TX
Taking bluebonnets to Anchorage AK from Sealy TX
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Richmond, TX
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Richmond, TX
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Richmond, TX
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Richmond, TX
Does non-native Crown of Thorns cause cancer?
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Richmond, TX
Native drought resistant evergreen plants for privacy hedgein clay soil in Texas
My family would like to create privacy around our 4 acres of fence line. What native evergreen or fast growing bushes would work? We have terrible clay soil and need drought resistant plants.
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Katy, TX
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