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What is considered mid-winter in Austin, TX
April 03, 2007
This question was submitted, but I am unsure of the dates the answer is indicating. When is mid-winter? Question: When should I cut back (and how far should I cut back) the following plants in ...
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Pruning for Spring
January 21, 2007
When should I cut back (and how far should I cut back) the following plants in order to promote growth in the spring: Salvia gregii, Salvia leucantha, Ruellia (Mexican petunia), Plumbago, Sku...
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Winter trimming and shaping of native perennials
November 08, 2006
Granted, it's a bit early, but for planning purposes: What is the best care for shrub-like woody perennials, like Lantana, Copper Canyon Daisy, Salvia greggii, Chile Pequin, Eupatorium wrightii, Pav...
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Native flowers and plants for landscaping in March in Austin
February 18, 2004
What are the best flowers and plants to landscape with in the Austin area in March?
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Survivability of plants after freeze
December 08, 2003
I have many beautiful plants that froze. Some were Lantana, Hummingbird Bush, Candlestick Trees, Esperanza, Some flowers, and Marigolds. I love all of my plants and flowers and I want them to grow bac...
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Optimum mowing time for acreage with spring wildflowers
November 17, 2003
I have several acres where wildflowers grow in the spring, & would like to know when and how often to mow this field for optimum blooms?
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More on bluebonnets
May 09, 2003
When can I harvest my Bluebonnets?
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Best preparation time for wildflower garden for summer
January 21, 2003
Is it too late in late Fall to prepare a wildflower garden for next spring/summer?
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