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Drought Resistant Privacy Screen for North Side of Austin Texas House
July 10, 2016
We live in the densely populated Mueller development, where there's barely 3 feet from our home to the 6 foot high privacy fence between us and the house next door. Since the houses are 2 stories, we ...
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Flowering Shade Plant for California
February 21, 2016
I have a house north facing that has a "flower bed" in front that unfortunately is shaded 100% of the time. There are roses in the bed currently (they came with the house) but they do poorly. We are...
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Low, Easy Care Perennials for Lake Ontario Shore Planting
October 04, 2015
I'm on Lake Ontario in New York. I have a lake bank slope, thatís about 1/8 mile long and about 40 feet high, and is on about a 40 degree angle. It is very hard to keep clear. The bank has just been ...
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Critter-Proof Native Plants for Virginia Lawn
April 02, 2015
We live in a gated community that was part of the Wilderness Battlefield during the Civil War. Our home is on a narrow lot, fully treed except for a postage stamp-sized lawn at lake side. We have de...
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Companion Plants for Salix nigra in Texas
April 02, 2015
I'm looking the list of companion plants as well as those that might not go well with Salix nigra.
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Inspection of house plants moving to Florida
December 02, 2014
Hi. I am hoping to move from Chicago to Florida any month at this time. I have a collection of house plants, does anyone know where I can get them inspected and certified so they'll be allowed into...
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Evergreen that Grows to Three Feet in Michigan
May 22, 2014
I have searched your site and canít find what I need. I live in the middle of Michigan. I need a shrub that stays green year round and only grows to 3 feet or less.
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Law against planting cottonwood in Madison WI
October 08, 2013
I was told that there is an ordinance against planting cottonwood trees in Madison, WI. Is this true?
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Moving plants from Texas to Florida
September 27, 2013
Hi, I found your answer for the person traveling from Florida to Texas, I am going the opposite way. Do I need to have my house and yard plants certified by Texas Dept of Agriculutre? If so how do I ...
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Are wildflowers in Missouri patented?
September 20, 2013
Are wildflowers in Missouri patented? If so where would I find a list of them?
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Neighborhood association wanting wildflowers mowed from Grand Prairie TX
July 14, 2013
For at least 15 years, I have been fostering growth of wildflowers in 60% of my 90x400' yard which include 150' utility trunkline easement in which I can plant no trees. This year, we had volunteer ...
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Trees prohibited or regulated in Albuquerque
March 20, 2013
Are there certain trees that not not allowed to be planted in Albuquerque, New Mexico because of city regulations?
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Are drought-tolerant landscape plantings protected by Texas law?
November 26, 2012
I was told that Texas has a law in regards to drought tolerant natives and Homeowners Associations. Do you know what it states and how one can find a copy of it? I got a notice from my HOA saying ...
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Patenting Flower Mixes
July 12, 2012
Can a new, more beautiful combination/mix of certain wild flowers or the new use of some particular wild flowers for a particular style of gardening, e.g. for deer resistance or for alternative lawn o...
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Wildflowers being mowed in Canyon TX
June 03, 2012
Can I receive a letter from someone there to put up in our neighborhood? I live in an area very close to Palo Duro Canyon. A developer out here mows down the wildflowers along the one lane road. It ...
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Digging wild buttercup from roadside in Mechanicsville MD
May 28, 2012
Mr. Smarty Plants, is it illegal to dig out wild buttercup in Maryland? I see them along the dirt road or just in the ditch. Since buttercup considered weed, I'm wondering what the law say about this...
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Legal to mow wildflowers in HOA in Royse City, TX
April 21, 2012
We live out in the country in Rockwall County, Texas. Is it legal to mow the wildflowers on our 2 acre lots? The HOA documents we committed to require the homesites to be maintained, but there is di...
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Can I move my Dwarf Orange tree from California to Florida?
April 12, 2012
I am moving from California to Florida and have a small dwarf orange tree. Can I bring it with me to Florida? Thanks!
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Transferring a palm tree from Florida to Pennsylvania from Reading PA
April 06, 2012
Is it legal to transport a small palm tree (12" high) from FL to PA?
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Rescue of roadside plants in Ashe Co.
October 27, 2011
I live in a wooded area off of a dirt road that is going to be widened and paved by the state. There are many native plants and shrubs growing on the side of the road in areas that will soon be pavem...
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Taking plants to Alaska
August 31, 2011
I am moving from California to Alaska, can I take live plants?
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Moving houseplants from New York to Florida
August 02, 2011
We are relocating to Florida from New York and would like to bring our houseplants with us. Are there any laws forbidding indoor plant transport into Florida???
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Is it legal to pick wildflowers from the roadside in NY?
July 10, 2011
Hi, Is it legal to pick most wildflowers from the roadside in upstate NY? Thanks!
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Possibility of transporting native seeds to Europe
February 03, 2011
Hi, Is it possible to bring seeds for North American plants and wildflowers from the USA to Europe? I live in Italy and have many Italian friends who want me to bring seeds from America the next time ...
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City tree ordinance information
January 10, 2010
Dear Mr. Smarty Plants, I am writing to you in regards to city tree ordinances. I am a citizen of Grand Prairie, TX. and although the city is a Tree City, the city does not have a tree ordinance. T...
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Avoiding cutting field of wildflowers in Pearland, TX
October 24, 2008
How does one get a "wildflower pass" to avoid having to cut a GORGEOUS field of native flowers? Our church in Pearland has a couple of acres that we are required to keep cut, but it's currently aw...
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Regulations for transporting plants to Texas from Florida
July 29, 2008
We are relocating to TX from FL, I have a collection of potted palm trees and quite a few potted tropical plants (none are invasive)that I would like to bring with us, we will be traveling by car and ...
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Laws concerning picking wildflowers in Pennsylvania
May 20, 2008
What is the law (in Pennsylvania or Federal law) that makes it illegal to pick wildflowers and/or other native plants?
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Florida law on removing orange trees
March 24, 2007
I live in a co-op mobile home park with a board of directors that tell me that if I have to cut down my orange tree that Florida law says that I have to replace it with another orange tree. I say that...
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Sample city ordinances to incorporate into city code
February 13, 2007
I am looking for a source of sample city ordinances that will allow wildflowers such that we can incorporate it into our city code. My city is rural and per its master visionplan was originally publi...
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Definition of "Weed Laws"
January 14, 2007
What are weed laws?
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Regulations on picking native plants and flowers on Government or National Park lands
November 18, 2005
I was wondering what the laws and regulations on picking native plants and flowers on BLM land and NPS land are, and where I can find this information.
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Native plant town ordinances in New Mexico/Chihuahuan Desert
November 17, 2005
I'm interested in city/town landscape ordinances in the New Mexico/Chihuahuan Desert area. What towns do you think do a good job using native plants?
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Smarty Plants on plant patents
January 28, 2005
How would I go about patenting a plant?
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Optimum mowing times for wildflower garden
November 09, 2004
I live in Washington County and have 4 acres that contain both an abundance of spring wildflowers and native grasses (silver and little bluestem, Texas grama). The homeowners restrictions require that...
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Weed laws on mowing wildflowers in the Spring
September 22, 2004
Is there any law that would prevent a Town from making a person mow their wildflowers down in the spring?
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Weed Laws
March 20, 2004
Help! My neighborhood wants to mow down my native landscape! Can you suggest a resource regarding city regulations and native plant landscaping?
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Bluebonnets and the law
March 14, 2004
Is it illegal to pick Bluebonnets?
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