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Make Pool Maintenance a Pleasant Experience Make Pool Maintenance a Pleasant Experience

These Tips From The Pros Can Help You Keep Your Pool Sparkling
By Merry Wise
Pool season is here! The weather is warm, and it’s time to enjoy the pool once again. Use these useful professional …

10 Steps to Easy-Care Beds and Borders 10 Steps to Easy-Care Beds and Borders

Eco-friendly plants save gardening effort
Garden beds and borders, artfully filled with a colorful tapestry of flowers and foliage, are very much back in vogue. But unlike the traditional perennial beds and borders, which were labor …

Harvesting, Storing and Preserving Herbs from the Garden Harvesting, Storing and Preserving Herbs from the Garden

By Melinda Myers
Enjoy herbs all year round. Harvest herbs now for garden-fresh meals and then preserve a few for winter.
Snip a few leaves or leaf-covered stems as needed. For the same intensity of flavor, you …

Add Some Eye Candy to Your Garden This Fall Add Some Eye Candy to Your Garden This Fall

Plant Bulbs Now That Will Flower In Spring
By Melinda Myers
Shorten the winter season with the help of spring flowering bulbs that you plant in fall. These beauties often provide the first bit of color, fragrance …

Manage Mosquitoes While Enjoying the Great Outdoors Manage Mosquitoes While Enjoying the Great Outdoors

Protect Yourself With These Recommendations
By Melinda Myers
Don’t let disease-carrying mosquitoes keep you indoors this summer. Instead, employ these eight tips to protect yourself and manage these pests in your yard.

Do a bit of yard …

Springtime Kicks off Hibiscus Show Season Springtime Kicks off Hibiscus Show Season

Spring is upon us, and as warm weather blossoms begin to burst, few are as stunning and impressive as the eye-catching exotic hibiscus. Also known as “the Queen of the Tropics,” hibiscus colors range from snowy white to yellow, orange, peach, pink, red, purple, lavender, blue and brown.

Plant a Pollinator Garden Plant a Pollinator Garden

You and the pollinators will enjoy the benefits!
By Melinda Myers
Whether planting a garden, enjoying the beauty of your landscape or sitting down to a delicious meal, you have bees, butterflies and other pollinators to thank. …

All About Dahlias! All About Dahlias!

Follow This Plan And Prepare To Be Amazed
Dahlias provide some of the garden’s biggest and most spectacular blooms. The flowers come in a rainbow of colors and many different styles and sizes, and all are …

Creating Bird and Butterfly-friendly Landscapes Creating Bird and Butterfly-friendly Landscapes

Make Your Yard Attractive To The Wildlife You Want
We gardeners have a choice. We can fill our landscapes with plants based purely on their looks alone, or we can deliberately select those that bring in …

Texas Roses Must Be ‘On’ Year-Round
To Make The Cut
Texas Roses Must Be ‘On’ Year-Round </br>To Make The Cut

Texas rose breeder likes lots of colorful, fragrant blooms

Fall Zinnias Named Texas Superstars Fall Zinnias Named Texas Superstars

New Marylandica type forms “mounds of color”
By Robert Burns
What really got the Texas Superstar board members excited about fall zinnias were some new series, including the marylandica types that form disease-resistant “mounds of color,” lasting …

Walnut Caterpillars Feasting on Pecan Foliage Walnut Caterpillars Feasting on Pecan Foliage

AGRILIFE EXTENSION SERVICE OFFERS TIPS ON DEALING WITH THE PESTS
Site visits and numerous calls from around Fort Bend county have confirmed another generation of walnut caterpillars feeding on pecan foliage. The majority of cases range …

When and How to Prune Roses for Lush Results When and How to Prune Roses for Lush Results

Pruning a rose garden a few times each season enables the plants to grow full and lush, and assists in fighting diseases.

Garden Color 101 Garden Color 101

Experiment With The Three Color Harmo
One of the best things about gardening is the lack of rules. That’s especially true when it comes to color – anything goes! In the garden, there are as many …

Brighten the Holidays with Amaryllis Brighten the Holidays with Amaryllis

They are easy to grow indoors and outdoors
Winter is not the season most often associated with growing flamboyant flowers – unless the subject happens to be amaryllis. With large tropical flowers that rival anything the …

When Crickets Cease to Chirp, Plant Tulips When Crickets Cease to Chirp, Plant Tulips

Timing is everything when it comes to planting bulbs
Good things still come to those who wait. This is especially true of those who love tulips, daffodils and other spring-flowering bulbs. To bloom in spring, bulbs …

Five Ideas for a Fantastic Fall Bulb Season Five Ideas for a Fantastic Fall Bulb Season

CREATING YOUR GARDEN’S “LINE”
The dog days of late summer are here: time to order bulbs! That’s right: for gardeners “spring forward” happens in fall, and has nothing to do with daylight savings.
Hans Langeveld, third generation …

Houston Gardens Can Show Texas Pride – Five colorful flowers you can enjoy this fall Houston Gardens Can Show Texas Pride – Five colorful flowers you can enjoy this fall

By Jennifer Miko
With fall weather approaching, cooler conditions welcome new opportunities to bright­en up your landscaping. There are many wonderful plants to consider that thrive after the summer months. Annuals are versatile and can be …

“Princess Anne” – David Austin’s New Featured Rose for North America “Princess Anne” – David Austin’s New Featured Rose for North America

A CERISE PINK TRULY FIT FOR A PRINCESS
David Austin Roses has selected Rosa “Princess Anne” as its newest “featured English Rose” for North America. Austin’s featured rose category is an online showcase for select, top-performing …

Five Tips for Dazzling Dahlias These showy blooms can hold their own in our blistering heat Five Tips for Dazzling Dahlias These showy blooms can hold their own in our blistering heat

For broad-shouldered, showy blooms that can take the summer heat, you can’t beat dahlias. Despite a pop culture reputation for being associated with mystery, there’s no secret to growing these hardy plants. Dahlias perform beautifully …