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Replanting members of Rosaceae family in same spot
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Plants that survive Central Texas weather
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White snails in Austin, TX.
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Landscape Fabric for Oak Suckers in Austin
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Austin, TX
Adjustments to soil level change around tree from Austin
I am moving in to a new construction home in south Austin, builder has leveled the ground and sodded the front yard, I have a post oak in the front and because of the changes to the landscape the tree...
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Austin, TX
Non-native photinias dying from Austin
I have some red tip potinias that are dying. The ends of the branches are dying and the leaves are turning brown, I don't think this is the fungus that affects most red tips, any clues?
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Cedar sage not blooming in pots in Austin
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Austin, TX
Is Bignonia capreolata (crossvine) poisonous?
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Identity of plant with white flowers and serrated leaves in creek bed
I have a wild fall blooming plant, white flowers, serrated leaves. Growing abundantly in my dry creek bed. Any thoughts?
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Planting fruit and nut trees in Mason County, TX
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Austin, TX
Do I need to cover my Habiturf planting with straw?
I'm preparing to seed the Habiturf in my front yard in a couple of weeks. My dad has suggested I spread some straw to help protect the seeds. Your thoughts? Thanks!!!
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Austin, TX
Non-native hylocereus undatus for Austin
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Groundcover for Austin yard
My main goal is to cover my yard with a "grass" or groundcover that can handle the Texas heat, predicted long drought and some dog paw traffic (without going dormant/brown in the winter). I don't n...
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Milkweed recommendations for Austin, TX
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Chlorosis on plants in Austin
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Lawn fertilizer in Austin
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