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Rosanky, TX
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I just read your article in the Statesman about over watering Mt.Laurel. Now I know why my lovely 15 year old tree is dying. We put in new grass this winter and I watered too much. Is there any hop...
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Rosanky, TX
Life cycle of Big Bend bluebonnet from Rosanky TX
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Rosanky, TX
Reconsideration of previous question from Hays County TX
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Rosanky, TX
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Rosanky, TX
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I want to plant a Live Oak in January. Is this a good time to plant it?
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Bastrop, TX
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