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Thistles: The unsung heroes

The Scots recognize thistle as their national flower. Here in Texas, it’s high time to reconsider our tradition of painting all thistles as weeds. On rangelands and farms, thistles are despised [...]

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Enjoy purple asters every month of the year

Take a good gander. Chances are you’ll spot these prolific happy little flowers blooming somewhere near you. One of the most widespread and successful plant families is the aster family, [...]

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Know Your Natives: White Mistflower

Once established, white mistflower holds its own through the toughest weather. Mistflowers have a well-deserved reputation as important pollinator plants. When they bloom, they’re covered in tiny [...]

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Six tips for milkweed success

Patience, trust and no fuss — these are just a few of our recommendations to help your milkweed flourish. Many of us have heard about the plight of the monarch butterfly and we’ve discussed the [...]

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Streamline your sprinkler system to save water

A healthy landscape evolves over time and your watering habits should change with it. A Thomasson is a funny term in architecture that refers to any feature that once had a purpose, but now [...]

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Use native milkweeds for migrating monarchs

Every fall they fly from as far north as Canada to the Oyamel fir forest in Mexico. Their path leads them directly over Texas. Monarch butterflies are the only species of butterfly that make a [...]

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Your sprinkler system is trying to tell you something

Baffled by spots, stripes or other odd patterns in your lawn? Before you chalk it up to alien crop circles, you might want to inspect your irrigation system. Summer in Texas always means high [...]

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Simple steps for successful solarization

One of the simplest ways to get rid of grass is to use the power of the sun. If you’re ready to leave the lawn behind, summertime is the best time to get rid of it — permanently. While many will [...]

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Brush sculpting in late spring

Trimming is not required for plants to be healthy. But when done strategically it can enhance the look of your summer landscape. With recent rainfall, high humidity and mild temperatures from the [...]

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Calling all caterpillars

Aside from beautifying your yard, many of the approved WaterSaver Landscape Coupon plants also double as hosts for butterfly and moth caterpillars. Many of us are familiar with the monarch [...]