Solve the Root of Your Landscape Problems! by Donna Kauffman The most important thing a Homeowner can do for their landscape is to keep a sufficient covering of mulch on the bed areas. The purpose of mulching the soil is to conserve moisture, buffer temperature extremes, and suffocate weed seedlings. Conserving moisture in the landscape is an important thing we can all do for our
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Fruit Trees for the Bees This time of the year, when the weather may be extreme we can help our bees with additional food. On sunny days our bees take ﬂight and we wonder what they areﬁnding in the way of nectar and pollen. We are eager for spring's arrival. We can help the bees by providing speciﬁc plants in our gardens for them to
Vitex: Drought Resistant and Easy to Grow Vitex angus castus, also called Chaste Tree is in bloom right now. The Vitex has 10 inch long blue flower stalks that start to bloom in May and will continue into Fall. Bees and butterflies are attracted to its blooms seeking nectar. Vitex is an easy tree to grow, does not require much attention and can tolerate our
Celebrate the Beauty of the Season with Autumn Sumac It is easy to see the beauty of the season; I love this time of year. Fall is approaching, leaves are starting to turn as Mother Nature brings changes in the weather. One of my sons says he loves the smell of Fall...it smells like his birthday! We prepare our hives to make it through winter,
Water Quality Water quality is one of the main focuses of our environmental issues. In our everyday lives at home, work, school, and in the community there are many things we can do that effect our water quality. Water quality really became an issue when our water started to show up polluted. Many of the sources of pollution are related to our disposal habits. In
Pecan Shell Mulch by Donna Kauffman The most important horticultural practice you can do for your landscape is to keep it mulched. Mulch plays a very important role in Texas landscapes. The purpose of mulch is to protect the root zone of your plant material. As you know, temperatures can rise and fall here as much as 30 degrees in one day. The average wind