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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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