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Gear up for fall planting with top shelf natives

That rain thing. In Texas it falls into four categories: wishful thinking, mosquito -breeding droplets, nourishing saturation, or downright destruction. Last spring’s rains fostered lots of bacterial disease, like fire blight on George Byrnes’cotoneasters in Adkins. Daphne explains: “Cool, wet conditions are perfect for the growth of many fungi and bacteria that we don’t see | read more →

Wicking beds, sun scald, tomato tasting!

Since I had a tree limbed up last year, the outer edge of our patio is getting too much sun for many plants. One is Cordyline fruticosa, suffering classic signs of sun scald. I’ve sacrificed my “design scheme” for its safety. Already I’d moved agaves and even bougainvillea into shadier depths. Last year, Marissa Garrett | read more →

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Native Perennials for Wildlife

online premiere: August 25, 2016

original air date: July 30, 2016

Barbara Wright of Wright’s Nursery pumps up wildlife attraction with native plants for sun and shade. On tour, the Gee family took out dusty lawn for food, easy-care plants and neighborhood connectivity. Daphne identifies fire blight and explains what to do. Plant of the Week is fragrant David Austin rose, Abraham Darby. Trisha brings on the butterflies with heat-loving annual zinnias.

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August To Do List

This month's tips for how to care for your plants, pruning, fertilizing, lawn care, and preping for your garden. Read the entire to do list.