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Magnolia species are allelopathic
August 02, 2014
Have a healthy Southern Magnolia tree around 8 years old. It seems like everything I plant next to it dies.: Variegated Spirea, Stokes Aster, Hydrangeas. Is there something it secretes like the waln...
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Fast-spreading desert-type tree with thorns in yard
July 21, 2014
There is a fast spreading tree in my backyard - many multiple almost symmetric flat green oval leaves on either side of the stem (sort of like a moringa tree but this is not that). Grows straight up, ...
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Controlling live oak suckers in Florida
July 20, 2014
How do I kill emerging live oak sprouts coming from mature tree root system
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cultivating the invasive Passiflora incense
July 16, 2014
Hello! I have been collecting passiflora for a while now, recently I purchased a "P. Incarnata" from a local nursery where I have gotten a few other species to grow along my herb garden recently. No...
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Controlling a shrub/tree with lots of thorns and flowers similar to beebrush, but lots of thorns
July 08, 2014
I live in Horseshoe Bay, Llano County with 1.5 acres of natural habitat. There is a plant that I have always called Cat's Claw but in researching Cat's Claw, I may have misidentified it. It has a fl...
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Live Oak Suckers Reprise, Austin TX
July 06, 2014
Referring to an entry dated March 11, 2011 about Live Oak suckers - what happened to the suckers covered with newspaper and cardboard?
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Is Ruellia aggressive?
July 06, 2014
Is Ruellia aggressive?
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Acre-scale Grass Removal near Austin, TX
July 04, 2014
How do I get rid of 10 acres of Kleingrass?
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Verbena bonariensis won't bloom in Galveston, TX.
July 03, 2014
My Verbena bonariensis is thriving, but never blooms. The plants look healthy, are about 6 feet tall and in full sun. The buds turn light purple but never open to flower. My neighbor's vb are ...
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Eliminating silverleaf nightshade from Albuquerque NM
June 07, 2014
I have silverleaf nightshade in my yard and would like to eradicate it (yeah, I know, good luck!) or at least control it. Do you have any suggestions?
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