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Balch Springs, TX
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Mesquite, TX
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Mesquite, TX
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Wilmer, TX
Plant identfication
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Dallas, TX
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I have a Chocolate Mimosa I planted last spring. It came back strong this spring but suddenly the leafs have started turning brown and falling off, it gets watered every morning and I don't have a c...
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Dallas, TX
Possibility of Amyris madrensis or Amyris texana growing in Dallas
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Dallas, TX
Shrubs for privacy screening in Dallas
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Dallas, TX
When and how to prune lavender (Lavandula sp.)
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Dallas, TX
Plants for narrow moist shade in Dallas
We are looking for plants in a narrow strip next to our house. It is a shady area that holds a lot of water. We would love plants that would help take water out of the soil. Do you have any suggest...
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Dallas, TX
Planting Texas Mountain Laurel to transplant to Dallas
My daughter would like to incorporate a tree planting ceremony in her wedding in Texas. The seedling would be planted in a pot for a few years and later transplanted in a yard when they buy a home. Wo...
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Dallas, TX
Proliferation of Small Palafoxia in Dallas Co. TX
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Dallas, TX
Help with plant ID
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Why is non-native, invasive dandelion called a wildflower?
Why is a dandelion a wildflower? {I read it in a book.}
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Are Bradford pear fruits poisonous to dogs?
Are Bradford pear fruits poisonous to dogs?
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Dallas, TX
Perennial wildflowers for lawn in Dallas
What perennial wildflowers can I plant in Dallas Texas that will bloom in March or early April that I can just toss out on the lawn? I know you have to soak bluebonnets.
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Source of wildflower seeds indigenous to Dallas area
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