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Trimming of native muhly grasses
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Privacy screen and windbreak plants
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Is Artemesia ludoviciana allelopathic?
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Identification of old plant called pinks
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How does the bluebonnet season look for 2009 in Central Texas (Austin). Will it be a good year and when will it start and when will it peak? Thanks for all you do!!!
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Information about FanTex ash.
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