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Weir, TX
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Weir, TX
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Georgetown, TX
Are brown junipers (Juniperus ashei) dead?
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Georgetown, TX
Non-native Chinese Pistache tree with dead branches in Georgetown TX
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Georgetown, TX
Sowing native grass seeds in July in Georgetown TX
I have a bare patch of soil behind my house. Can I sow native grass seeds now?
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Georgetown, TX
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Georgetown, TX
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Georgetown, TX
Will Cedar Elm seedlings resprout from the root?
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Georgetown, TX
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Georgetown, TX
Soil for native Chilopsis linearis and Salvia greggii
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Georgetown, TX
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