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Luling, TX
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Gonzales, TX
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I want to buy several Brazoria Hawthorn to plant in my yard and need a source, can you help?
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Gonzales, TX
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Gonzales, TX
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Gonzales, TX
Locating source for Crataegus Brazoria (Brazoria Hawthorn)
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Propagation of Blackfoot Daisy from Gonzales TX
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Gonzales, TX
Tool for removing live oak root shoots in Gonzales TX
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Lockhart, TX
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Lockhart, TX
Scarifying seeds of evergreen sumacs from Lockhart TX
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Lockhart, TX
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Lockhart, TX
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