disease, edible landscaping, lawn care, mulch, organic, plant care, sustainable

Best fertilizer? Holy crap, BATMAN!

We've put in some new plants this spring and wondered what type of fertilizer you'd recommend. Depends. What type of plants? What type of soil?  The best fertilizer for all plants and all soil types is rich soil. Don't have that yet? Here's my favorite fertility Rxs for the plantings here in my Texas garden. Here goes:… Continue reading Best fertilizer? Holy crap, BATMAN!

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disease, lawn care, organic, plant care, sustainable, vegetable gardening

Weeds or Woes? Choosing an Organic Method COULD Save Your Life!

Recently I heard you speak and you mentioned using RoundUp could hurt more than the weeds in my yard. Can you explain? Happy to expound on this one. A few weeks ago a neighborhood association asked me to look over their contract with a local lawn maintenance company. Immediately I redlined a problem: it specifically… Continue reading Weeds or Woes? Choosing an Organic Method COULD Save Your Life!

disease, drainage, landscape design, lawn care, native plants, organic, pests, plant selection, sustainable, Uncategorized, wildlife gardening

Living with Low Spots

After it rains, our back yard takes forever to drain. It's so discouraging to plant things and they drown. How can we get rid of the water without flooding our neighbors? Drainage dilemmas plague many folks, either with seasonal sinkholes where water collects after a rain or a spot that's always spongy and nothing grows… Continue reading Living with Low Spots

disease, indoor plants, organic, plant care, plant selection

Top 3 House Plants To Improve Indoor Air Quality

When you walk into a beauty salon, do your eyes begin to water?  How about the perfume counter at Macy's....do you see double for a few minutes after passing by it or a man with a bit too much foo-foo water, as my grandmother used to call scented after-shave?  When you put in new carpet,… Continue reading Top 3 House Plants To Improve Indoor Air Quality

disease, tree care

Tree Trimming for Dummies

The Christmas season has everyone talking about trimming trees.  Oh.  Not that kind?  What if you have trees than need pruning, though?  Can that be done NOW?  HOW? Since Edward Scissorhands wasn't available (his blades were full), here are my quick tips on pruning trees and shrubs. WHEN? There are several reasons to trim woody… Continue reading Tree Trimming for Dummies