Category: Other Landscape Tips

Community Gardens

For those who do not have lawn space, good soil, or do not have a lawn at all, community gardens are a viable alternative to at-home gardening. Although community gardening is not new, urban areas have recently found benefit of locally producing food for environmental, financial, and health reasons. Community gardens are locally organized groups … […]

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Strawberry Jars

Strawberry jars are pretty on doorsteps, porches, and patios. They can be planted with herbs, succulents, flowers, and, of course, strawberries. They may be placed close to the kitchen for convenience of harvesting or by a garden path where brushing past the plants releases their scents. Small cascading varieties may be used for the openings … […]

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Tough Gardening Gloves

What is the one thing most people hate about gardening? At the top of my list are the grimy hands and dirty, split, broken fingernails I used to get after a few hours of weeding or planting. Like most gardeners, I like the feel of dirt on my hands as I dig for the pesky … […]

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Mosquito Patrol

It’s time to begin a weekly inspection of the yard, looking for any place mosquito larva could grow. Mosquitoes lay up to 250 eggs at a time in still water, and the eggs will hatch in 7 to 10 days. If standing water is eliminated weekly many mosquitoes will be kept from breeding in the … […]

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Pets and Lawn Chemicals

To make sure your pets enjoy your yard and garden as much as you, take time to familiarize yourself with common yard and garden hazards and take preventative measures to keep your pets safe year round. When fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides and fungicides are applied according to package instructions or by a qualified lawn care service, … […]

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Pets and Plants

Being outdoors with our cats and dogs is always a pleasure. Keeping our pets safe and out of trouble should be a top priority. There are many plants or plant parts that are toxic. While some can be fatal, most can cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures or coma. Puppies are particularly vulnerable because they like to … […]

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Plant Tags Exposed

Before buying a plant, consider its light requirements carefully. Plant tags are made for use in all areas where particular plants are sold. It is likely that our area is sunnier than most others. If a plant tag offers a light (exposure) range, such as ‘full to part sun,’ an East Texan can safely assume … […]

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Portable Potting Stand

A convenient portable potting stand can be made by using a large wheelbarrow with a board across the front. A piece of plywood or boards you may have around the house will work. Potting soil and tools placed in the back of the wheelbarrow will counterweigh the wheelbarrow so it won’t tip over. This potting … […]

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Protecting Hands

I am a nurse who sees infections of some kind or other on a frequent basis. These infections are caused by microbial organisms that invade tissue through an entry or port and set up shop. Sometimes you don’t even know it until days later. These microbes are usually bacteria or fungi. They can cause a … […]

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Protecting Stressed Plants

Okay, our plants, trees and turf have already been stressed. Let’s start in 2010 with a very wet spring, a hot summer and an extremely cold winter. Then, there’s this past year (2011)–we had an extremely dry, hot summer (who could forget!). Now, we learn that our drought is not over yet. Already, we have … […]

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