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Rejuvenating old Lindheimer muhly clumps
October 02, 2015
I've got two clumps of Lindheimer's muhly in full sun in the western (limestone) part of Austin. I'm thinking they've been there for the past 8 or so years. In the past two or three years, the g...
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How to prune a Lantana tree
October 02, 2015
I have a potted Lantana tree that will come indoors for the winter. It is quite large and should I prune it back for the winter? If yes, how do I prune it?
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Oak Sucker Reprise
May 02, 2015
----Original Question---- SUNDAY - JULY 06, 2014 Title: Live Oak Suckers Reprise, Austin TX QUESTION: Referring to an entry dated March 11, 2011 about Live Oak suckers - what happened to the su...
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Live Oak Mess in Liberty, TX
April 09, 2015
Should I leave the pollination debris that has fallen from my 3 historic live oaks on the ground surface beneath them or use a leaf blower to remove.
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Need to control Turk's cap in front yard in Austin, TX
February 28, 2015
I have several turks cap in my front yard- they grow well, but they grown huge-high and spread out. My neighbors' are much more compact! how can I keep them in control?
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Using Dormant Oils in the Winter
January 20, 2015
What are your thoughts on the use of dormant oils as part of a winter maintenance program? I live in Austin, Texas.
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Bermuda, not the only option in Memphis
November 04, 2014
I'm building an energy efficient home in Memphis and want to extend that strategy to the landscaping. I'd like to plant native grasses, but this lot is surrounded by lots sodded with Bermuda grass....
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Late planting plum tree from Lago Vista, TX
May 01, 2014
I have two plum trees in plastic containers that I purchased in March. For a lot of reasons, we didn't get them planted. I have kept them alive by watering consistently, but I am now wondering what...
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Protection for plants against a Spring freeze from Easley SC
April 15, 2014
Is there anything we can do to protect our beautiful spring gardens from the freeze tonight? (April 15, 2014)
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Spring care for Garrya ovata from Pflugerville, TX
February 24, 2014
Hello again, Mr. S-P, I planted a Mexican silktassel in April 2012 (purchased at the WFC). It has done well, but the leaves are bronzed and splotchy from this winter's freezes. All the stems are...
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Latest time to mow bluebonnets from Chappell Hill TX
February 13, 2014
The past few years, my bluebonnets have been overwhelmed by tall grass. I could have solved this by mowing later, but I was always afraid of mowing new bluebonnet plants. When is the latest time I can...
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Cutting back plants after frost from Seguin TX
February 13, 2014
When is best time to cut back native plants after frost kill? Thanks
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Bluebonnet Planting in January in Lockhart
January 23, 2014
My husband has yet again failed for the second year straight to put out the bluebonnet seeds in our backyard back in October. Is it too late now that it's mid January for me to get them in the groun...
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When should salvia greggii be pruned from Austin
December 12, 2013
Should salvia greggii be pruned in fall/winter? I thought I read onsite that all woody perennials should be left untouched or pruned to 6 inches. Does this apply to salvia greggii?
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Will watering before a freeze protect an esperanza from a freeze from San Angelo, TX
November 22, 2013
Would it help to lightly water esperanza before I cover it prior to freeze and/or sleet?
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Cutting Back Perennials in the Fall?
November 13, 2013
We have large beds of flowering native perennials that we planted around our house as part of a landscape conservation plan (various Joe-Pyes, goldenrods, turtlehead, blazing star, brown-eyed Susans)....
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Recreating a wildflower meadow, central Texas
July 02, 2013
We have an acre on our property that has bluebonnets. Unfortunately, it also has other plants that we don't want -Johnson grass, nettles, burrs. We plan to do a controlled burn in the fall and re-...
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Schedule for planting perennial wildflowers from Asheville NC
March 22, 2013
When is the best time to plant perennial wildflowers?
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High mowing equipment for Llano TX
November 03, 2012
We're trying to follow your wildflower meadow recommendation "if your meadow has tall, warm-season native grasses, wait until late summer or early fall to mow, allowing them to elongate, flower, and...
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Sycamore leaf snowbell from Pleasanton TX
August 18, 2012
How do you care for a sycamore leaf snowbell. Does it like sun or part shade? How much water? How often and what should it be fed. How fast or slowly does it grow? Anything you can tell me would be ap...
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Mowing frequency of native lawn from Georgetown TX
August 18, 2012
I have a native grass and wildflower lawn. At what frequency and when should the lawn be mowed?
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Using a brush hog on acreage on Bear Creek in Austin, TX.
July 25, 2012
We have 8 acres off 1826 situated on Bear Creek. It has open areas with scattered large trees (cedar elm, live oak, white oak). Cedars or junipers only along the the lot lines. We've been told we...
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Flower sucession for Washington DC
June 18, 2012
Interplanting to cover up spring ephemerals. When bulbs/spring ephemerals (camassia, bluebells, etc.) are dying back, their wilting leaves don't look so great. What can I plant to minimize the me...
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Transplanting Trees in OH
May 10, 2012
Is the middle of May too late to dig out Arborviteas and spruces to transplant? I live in central Ohio.
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Flowers for days on end in California
March 30, 2012
What are some plants or flowers that I can grow "all-year" in California?
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Vinegar as a Herbicide
March 08, 2012
When can you use vinegar on weeds to get rid of them.
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Seasonal tasks for Big Red Sage and Tall Aster in Marble Falls TX
January 09, 2012
I transplanted some Big Red Sage and Tall Aster into my raised bed garden in early summer this year. They've sent up lots of rosettes. Do I need to protect them from freezing in winter? Do I need to ...
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Planning garden tasks in advance from Austin
January 03, 2012
My yard was a disaster last year-grass and trees browning, early leaf fall on flowering plants, and water bills sky high, even with the limited watering days. What can I do this year to prevent this s...
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Burning back Gulf Muhly instead of trimming from San Antonio
December 19, 2011
A few years ago I noticed that the Center burned back its Gulf Muhly rather than cutting it back. Did that study result in any conclusions or recommendations?
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Overwintering Texas bluebonnets
November 17, 2011
I planted Texas Bluebonnet and I want to know how to save them through the winter months. I think they are so beautiful. Can I cover them with something?
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Planting Muhlenbergia capillaris (Gulf muhly)
October 27, 2011
Is it too late to plant Gulf Muhly seed in North Texas (October)?
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Time for seeding wildflower seeds in Castle Rock CO
October 03, 2011
I live in Castle Rock, CO. When is the best time to plant wildflower seed?
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Wildseed Planting in a drought
September 14, 2011
Due to the extreme drought and no rain in the near future in central Texas would it be prudent to have a wildseed planting in October?
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Drought affecting native trees from The Woodlands
August 18, 2011
I've been trying to grow native trees in my yard for the past 3 years and I'm starting to question whether the amount of time required to spend watering them during the long hot season in Texas is r...
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Shade trees for Spring TX
August 17, 2011
Dear Mr.Pants, our west-facing backyard in Spring, Tx, is unbearable in this Summer's heat. Neither us nor the neighbors has any backyard trees established yet, as the subdivision is pretty new. C...
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Leaves on 3 year old maple turning brown in Lebo, KS.
July 16, 2011
Hello, one of our five Maple trees which is is 3 yrs. old now, we saw a week ago that the leaves started turning brown and dropping. My question is: Will the tree survive this and return healthy next ...
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Preventing weeds in kinnikinnick in Richland WA
May 29, 2011
We planted our kinnickinick last Nov. and we live in Richland, WA, where it gets hot in the summer. We planted almost 500 of them on a hillside. Weeding is taking over our lives, to say the least. ...
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Native plants for Summer Planting in Vernal UT
May 24, 2011
What are the native plants that I could plant this summer in Vernal, Utah
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Carolina Jasmine failing to turn green in Pleasant Garden NC
April 26, 2011
We planted Carolina Jasmine last year and it did great. This Spring we only have about 2-3 small green leaves beginning on the vines. We did not cut them back in the Fall. Is it time for them to be tu...
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Late blooming Esperanza in St. Augustine FL
April 21, 2011
I bought an Esperanza at a plant expo- I was told it was a Florida native Allamanda. It took me two years to figure out what I had. Mine grows 8 ft. tall and is huge! But it doesn't bloom until alm...
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Cutting back perennials from Austin
February 08, 2011
When is it time to cut back native plants; salvia;copper canyon daisy; verbena, etc?
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Should grape vines be covered in winter from San Antonio
February 07, 2011
Do I need to cover grape vines in winter?
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Time to cut back Turk's Cap in Austin
January 27, 2011
I did not find my question answered in the database. My question is: When is the best time to cut back Red Turks Cap? I live in Central Austin.
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Raising bluebonnets in Stanford CA
January 17, 2011
I'm a Houston girl now living in Northern California (Stanford). I would like to know if I need to adjust my growing timing for lupinus texensis? Mostly, I want to know when I should actually put th...
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Pruning cherry laurel in January in Austin
January 07, 2011
Do trust I checked Q&A first. Can Cherry Laurel shrubs be pruned earlier than late winter in Austin? I foolishly planted 12 native Cherry Laurel standards on our suburban property line 5 years ago. I ...
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Winter wrappings for plants in Ellenton Florida
December 23, 2010
Hi and thank you for your time, I do appreciate it. I have one question. I live in Florida and yes we do get frost and temps down to 28 degrees in the winter. last year I lost almost 50 plants tha...
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Cutting Juncus effusus back from Bellevue WA
November 18, 2010
I read your posts about Juncus effusus and just have one follow-up question. When is the best time to cut them back to the ground - before winter or early spring? I live in the Pacific NW. I recent...
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When to plant in Austin
November 02, 2010
I own a small landscaping business in the Austin area, and we are admittedly learning every day, but trying to do the right thing. We are knowledgeable about the sun, water, soil requirements for a v...
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How do I prepare blackfoot daisies for winter in Austin, TX
October 19, 2010
I have blackfoot daisies in my garden that have bloomed all summer. They are cascading out of the bed onto my lawn/grass. They have been so beautiful that I hate to cut them back. How do I prepare t...
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Winter pruning for yucca in Adrian, Michigan
October 11, 2010
Can I cut yucca plants down for winter months.
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