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Lometa, TX
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Lometa, TX
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Lampasas, TX
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Lampasas, TX
Native plants for butterflies and birds in a park in Lampasas, Texas
There is an area along a creek in Lampasas, Texas that I want to establish as a butterfly and bird park. There are various native plants there now, but I want to add plants that are hosts for butterf...
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Lampasas, TX
Treating scarred Gum Bumelia from Lampasas TX
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Kempner , TX
Ash tree dying back to lower sprouts in Kempner TX
My 2 year old ash tree leaves dropped, appears dead, branches dying. New growth near base of tree. Do I cut upper trunk or remove entire tree? My other ash is doing well.
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Burnet-Kempner, TX
Source for trees from Burnet TX
I am desperately searching the central Texas area for Pistacia Mexicana male and female trees to buy. I would like about four, maybe more. I live in the Killeen-Lampasas area and have been to seve...
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Kempner, TX
Is horseherb (Calyptocarpus vialis) edible?
Hello, I find horse-herb everywhere. Is it edible, too? Thanks!
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Kempner, TX
Dying branches on Texas Mountain Laurel from Kempner TX
The branches on my Texas Mountain Laurel are very dry and brittle. The leaves are also starting to die. The tree has been in my yard for six years and prior to that it sat wrapped in burlap for ov...
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Kempner, TX
Shade trees not toxic to dogs in Kempner TX
Dear Mr Smarty Plants, we are looking for shade trees to plant around our home in Kempner, Tx. I saw another family that asked a similar question but we have dogs and holly or oak trees are toxic (my...
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Kempner, TX
Fruit trees for Kempner, Texas
I just moved to Kempner , TX and would like to plant a couple of fruit trees in my 1 1/4 ac yard. I would like to plant a species that will do well and produce edible fruit. Any assistance will be app...
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Kempner, TX
Plants for wildlife and trees for shade.
We live in Kempner Texas, our land has mostly cedar trees. We would like to make a wildlife habitat on the back side of our property. Can you recommend plants that will grow in shade to partial sun,...
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Copperas Cove, TX
Problems with gnats in dirt
I have problems with gnats in my dirt. It's something I can't get control of. What can I do?
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Goldthwaite, TX
Control of grasshoppers from Goldthwaite TX
How long do grasshoppers live. They are eating our flowers, plants and trees.
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Goldthwaite, TX
Source for Native and Adapted Landscape Plants: an Earthwise Guide for Central Texas
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Jonesboro, TX
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Gatesville, TX
Identification of low plant with like waterlily pad
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Gatesville, TX
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I'm looking for a hearty plant for Coryell County, TX. My mother always referred to these plants as "flags." I assume it is a type of iris. I'm looking for the one that will survive in the Cent...
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Gatesville, TX
Is balsam gourd (Ibervillea lindheimeri) poisonous or edible?
Is the Balsam Gourd edible or poisonous?
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Gatesville, TX
Vines for fence in Gatesville, Texas
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