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Environmentally friendly and drought resistant alternatives to St. Augustine grass
September 28, 2006
As a member of the planning committee of our property owners association in Wimberley TX, we are researching ways to make our landscape environmentally friendly and drought resistant. We have 60,000 ...
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Recommended irrigation schedule for Austin, TX
September 04, 2006
With the very hot summer and the conservation of water so important, could you let me know what would be a good watering schedule? I am fortunate enough to have a sprinkler system so I can set my pop...
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Transplant shock
July 27, 2006
Today I dug up a new natchez variety crape myrtle that had only been planted about 3 months ago. It is fairly young. It was very difficult to dig up as it's root were pretty settled in the spot it ...
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Root rot and transplant shock in Texas betony
July 13, 2006
Texas betony is supposed to be drought resistant but also likes to be kept moist, but I have had trouble getting it established. These seem to be undemanding plants I have had entire stems dry up and...
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Poor drainage in wildflower bed
November 10, 2004
I have a flower bed that has given me difficulty because it has poor drainage but typically receives sun for most of the day. Salvia gregii was the only survivors for the initial landscaping attempt. ...
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Daily water absorption of live oak from soil
December 04, 2003
How much water does the live oak absorb from the soil per day?
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