Category: Landscape Planning

Prep is the Key

It is tempting to stick a plant in the ground any place you find convenient to your needs, but alas, it is the plant’s requirements that must be considered first. The key that unlocks the beauty in the plant is preparation. Whether done by human hands or by Mother Nature, a plant will flourish in … […]

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Pruning

The way you prune a plant influences how it will look, both now and in the future. Where you make a cut will determine whether new shoots appear and which direction they will grow. If you want to remove a cross limb or any other branch that should not grow back, cut it at its … […]

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Landscape Design

Good landscapes begin with a plan. First, you should use graph paper to draw major structures. One square equaling one foot is a good ratio to use. Next, draw in the existing landscape. Use circles for trees and shrubs. Pencil in beds and patios, keeping in mind focal points that will draw people down the … […]

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Internet Gardening

Do you have a question about horticulture? Texas has one of the largest sources of horticulture information in the country. I must warn you, however, that if you are an avid gardener, this site can take up a lot of your time. The amount of information available here is amazing, and you just keep finding … […]

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Shoestring Gardening

Gardening does not have to cost you an arm and a leg-or your first-born-if you plan and have patience. In the spring, have a garden party. Have guests bring a plant from their gardens. In return, have an area in your bed from which a plant can be dug for them to take home. Serve … […]

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Garden Paths

Planning A Garden Path If you have been viewing your yard from your “prop” bench with “garden” in mind, you have already seen that sunny spot, within hose-length access to water. Your garden is taking shape there. Its dimensions and design will soon be apparent. You will know whether it will be raised by using … […]

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Monochromatic Garden

Planting a monochromatic or single-color garden is easy and can be quite eye catching. For those of you who have driven the Azalea Trail in Tyler, Texas, the massive displays of single-colored azaleas are breathtaking — I remember a front lawn that had a combination of red azalea bushes with beds of red tulips. While … […]

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Ice Storm Damage

Many of us learned firsthand in December how much damage an ice storm can do. Here are some tips on minimizing damage from future storms. For those of you considering new trees for your landscape, it’s a good idea to think about species that are resistant to ice damage. Limiting the number of trees that … […]

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Cozy Retreat

What a wonderful place to be in the rain…my garden. Everyone who loves his or her garden should have a place to sit, recline, or rock while it rains. This special place can offer you peace, recollection, and, of course, time to consider what you want to move, add, or redesign in your garden. My … […]

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Landscaping Steep Grades

Our slopes in East Texas can add drainage problems to otherwise beautiful landscapes. Rapid water runoff can cause severe erosion and be detrimental to the soil. When the slope is gentle construct a series of terraces on a grade to the lowest elevation. These can be made of landscape timbers, railroad ties or stone. When … […]

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