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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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