Category: Landscape Planning

Winter Garden

Look out your favorite window in mid-Winter, and what do you see? If you see a pleasing assortment of architectural shapes and interesting textures, with occasional splashes of color, you have a beautiful winter garden. The subtle winter aesthetic can be just as refreshing as the showier summer garden, and it’s easy to achieve and … […]

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What’s Wrong?

Solutions and advice regarding plant problems or questions in the East Texas area are available from the Smith County Master Gardeners by calling the Texas Cooperative Extension. Our information and suggestions will be based on university-based research and provided in an easy-to-understand manner. Many plant problems are cultural or environmental in origin. Information regarding the … […]

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Using Fireplace Ashes

Fireplace ashes contain many nutrients that plants use, so recycle them after cleaning out your fireplace. Collect the ashes from your fireplace, save them in a sealed container, and, in the spring, scatter them over your flowers and vegetables. The nutrients in the ashes will help to keep your plants healthy. However, be careful not … […]

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Rain Garden

For gardeners who love the earth, nature, and the glorious abundance of trees, flowers and plants, one of the most earth-friendly things to do is to create a rain garden. A rain garden is a shallow-depression, filled with native plants, which captures rainwater run-off and gently filters that rainwater back into the earth instead of … […]

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River Rock

River rock or gravel makes an excellent ground cover. Besides being aesthetically appealing, it can add different texture to your landscaping. River rock can control erosion problems in your yard, protect plant roots, and conserve moisture, which is very important, especially in late July and August when the water bills begin skyrocketing. I recommend using … […]

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Shopping for Plants

Among all the catalogs arriving at our homes during the winter season were many from nurseries somewhere in other parts of the country. They really have beautiful photographs in them and are a lot of fun to look at while our own flowers are not in bloom. But beware – some of those plants may … […]

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Shrubs Into Trees

Do you have the perfect spot aesthetically for a Japanese maple tree, but the location is far too hot? Try planting a Loropetalum (Loropetalum chinense) aka Plum Delight or Fringeflower, instead. Just choose a leggy specimen, pick the strongest looking stem or stems for the trunk, and trim away the others, shaping it as it … […]

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Weed Control

A weed is a wild plant that grows out of place and competes with garden plants for water, nutrients, and space. Weed control is more than garden housekeeping. A weed-free garden is not only more attractive than a weed-filled one, but it is also healthier. Weeds, in some instances, harbor insects and pathogen populations. Weed … […]

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Plants and Pests

It can nearly ruin a good gardening day to walk outside and see one of your beloved shrubs or trees with chewed up leaves. Almost instinctively, an “all points bulletin” goes out to find the culprits. But what clues might our plant be trying to tell us? A closer look and quite possibly there’s an … […]

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Plants and Light

Having trouble deciding what to plant in your combination of shade, part sun, and sunny garden? Try a combination of a few easy to grow plants. Astilbe blooms from June through August and is perfect for that mostly shady to filtered sun location. Butterfly Plant blooming in June and July is a low maintenance perennial, … […]

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