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Comparisons of King Ranch Bluestem and Kleberg Bluestem grasses
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Port Aransas, TX
Bird-friendly plants for the Texas coast
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Aransas Pass , TX
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Looking for seeds to put down that will bloom over the next 4 months or so in the southern gulf coast area
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Rockport, TX
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ROCKPORT, TX
Need some help with my Mexican Bush Sage in Rockport, TX.
My Mexican bush sage looks leggy,ratty and sparse. It's planted in full sun and was cut back to the ground in early spring. My soil is sand and I've watered it sparingly as we've had no rain. I'm...
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Rockport, TX
Where to plant the Texas Olive tree?
I need to know where to plant the Texas Olive Tree, and what kind of care is required, such as watering, pruning, fertilization.
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Rockport, TX
Replacing a Mexican ash with a live oak in Rockport TX
I live in the Texas Coastal Bend (Rockport, TX). I recently lost a huge Mexican Ash, probably 45 years old. The trunk measures 11'6" at ground level, and gets progressively larger from there up. Its...
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Rockport, TX
Buffalograss to replace non-native St. Augustine lawn in Rockport TX
I currently have a St. Augustine lawn that is being overtaken by weeds. I would like to replace it with buffalo grass. How do I prepare my lawn in order to seed it with the buffalo grass and how tol...
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Rockport, TX
Cedar Elm trees for Rockport, TX
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Rockport, TX
Replacing non-native St. Augustine with native grasses in Rockport TX
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Rockport, TX
Protection of live oak trees from covering by concrete patio
I am thinking about pouring a large cement patio around my live oak trees in my yard. I live in Rockport Tx. How far should the edge of the cement be, from the base of the tree? Will the patio kill th...
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Rockport, TX
Recommendations for native shade plants in sandy soil
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Rockport, TX
Flowers for October wedding in Rockport TX
Hello Mr. Smarty Plants! I live in Rockport and am getting married in October. What can I plant that will be blooming then to have fresh cut flowers for the wedding? Also, when should I plant?
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Portland, TX
Are Texas wildflowers dying out from Portland, TX
I am doing a school project on whether or not wildflowers are dying out in the state of Texas or not. I need to find a specialist who specializes on this subject. Could you help me??? Please contac...
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Portland, TX
Getting rid of King Ranch bluestem
I have recently moved to South Texas Coastal town of Portland, Texas. My St. Augestine turf grass has been invaded by - what the neighbors tell me - King Ranch Blue Stem grass. I am having a terribl...
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Portland, TX
Source for Frostweed plants or seeds from Portland TX
I am looking for somewhere I can buy Frostweed plants or seeds. I live in Portland, TX, but frequent San Antonio and the Hill Country. Can you help me with this?
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Planting non-native coastal bermudagrass in Portland TX
How do you plant coastal grass?
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Corpus Christi, TX
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