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Using Cement Blocks for Raised Beds
March 25, 2015
Is it safe to use cinder blocks for box gardens? If not, what do you suggest?
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Mexican Lime Turning Yellow
March 25, 2015
What causes moderate yellowing of 40% of the leaves of an 8 year old Mexican Lime Tree that is booming and blooming right now with lots of thick new growth? I used a general garden fertilizer a few ...
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Are Verbena Annuals Deer Resistant?
March 25, 2015
Are Verbena Estrella Pink Star annuals deer resistant?
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Identification of mystery tree in Huntington Beach, CA
March 25, 2015
Have a "tree" that has grown from about 18" tall to about 10' tall in a little over a years time. It has a central trunk that is about 3/4" in diameter at it's largest. It has short thin branch...
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Companion plants for non-native Santolina virens
March 23, 2015
Can you recommend companion plant options for Santolina virens? The companion plant would be planted randomly and interspersed with the santolina and needs to be no taller than 12 inches because of th...
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Agave attenuata Poisonous?
March 12, 2015
Is Agave attenuata (foxtail agave) poisonous to horses or humans?
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Short, Natural Evergreen Shrubs for Texas
March 12, 2015
I am looking for small/dwarf evergreen shrubs that, when mature, will be no larger than three feet tall. If possible I would like shrubs that are graceful and more natural looking rather than “regimen...
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Companion Plants for Texas Mountain Laurel
March 12, 2015
I am building a garden from scratch and need help. I want to plant a Texas mountain laurel on each front section of my house in front of a window, and I also want to use Thumbelina Leigh English laven...
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Plant native Lantana urticoides and not non-native
March 09, 2015
San Antonio Water System does not want to assist invasive plants but we want to encourage Lantana sp but we need to know what Lantana camara hybrids are sterile
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Jasminum polyanthum Deer Resistant and Native?
March 07, 2015
Are Jasminum polyanthum deer resistant? They are selling these plants at Trader Joe's right now so I'm assuming it's native to our area. But the instructions don't say anything about deer.
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