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Wildflowers for Partial Sun in East Texas
July 11, 2016
I need the name of wildflowers that will tolerate partial sun and perscribe burns in East Texas (Huntsville area) pine plantations.
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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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Plants for a moist, shady spot in central Texas
July 08, 2016
I am looking for a plant that will grow in almost full shade with plenty of moisture along a fence. We are looking at putting down some flagstone with possibly some moss growing in between, but we don...
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Spacing for a Desert Willow Tree in California
July 07, 2016
How close to a house can I plant a desert willow tree?
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Will Echinacea outgrow Spanish Needle?
July 07, 2016
I'd like to plant some Echinacea in an area where Spanish Needle has been growing. I've pulled up the old plants, but I know there's seed there, actually everywhere in my yard! Is there any variety ...
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Building a Rain Garden in Dallas
July 07, 2016
We are designing a rain garden to catch overflow from two large rain cisterns. We need it to be filled with plants that can live with dry and wet conditions. The garden is about 500 to 1,000 square ...
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Removing Old Poison Ivy Vines from Pecan Trees
July 07, 2016
I am in the process of cleaning up a creek bank that has very old pecan trees on it. The pecan trees have large poison ivy vines growing up the trunks. We cut one vine and when it died and fell from ...
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Lindheimer's Muhly Grass Seeds for Human Use?
July 07, 2016
Does anyone know if Lindheimer's Muhly seeds were ever used as human food source?
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Native Texas Trees from Seed for Fence Line
July 07, 2016
My parents have an unirrigated fence line on their property that they want to grow evergreen screening plants along. Given the difficulty of establishing nursery grown plants in such an unirrigated a...
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When to See Wisconsin Wildflowers Blooming?
July 07, 2016
When is the best time for Southern Wisconsin wildflower blooming?
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