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

color, container plants, landscape design, lawn care, native plants, organic, plant selection, sustainable

3 RULES FOR CHOOSING PLANTS

          This week I've been working with my friend Cindy Huey on the area in my front yard near the entrance. When we moved to this house a few months ago, there were two huge sago palms (which are highly toxic, by the way) and 20 shrubs in an area barely large enough… Continue reading 3 RULES FOR CHOOSING PLANTS

gardening with children, Lady Bird Johnson, landscape design, lawn care, native plants, plant selection, wildlife gardening

Wild about Wildflowers, Part 1

This week I had great fun with the Ft. Bend Master Gardeners in Rosenberg, Texas. They wanted to hear about one of my plant passions: wildflowers. (I'm sharing a list of my favorite wildflowers at the end of this post, plus a FREE BOOK for a lucky winner!) Many Americans alive today were not around… Continue reading Wild about Wildflowers, Part 1

landscape design, lawn care, plant names, why I blog

New Year’s Anti-resolutions

This year has begun the same way last year ended: I'm behind. My intentions - like that of most other bloggers - are pretty straightforward. Most of us try and get a new post up every couple of weeks, if not weekly. My record does not reflect my intentions. Yes, it's been a crazy year...… Continue reading New Year’s Anti-resolutions

lawn care, mulch, organic, sustainable, Uncategorized

Rake Those Leaves, or Leaf It Alone?

It's beginning to look a lot like.....well, like AUTUMN here in South Texas.  But, I don't dread leaves on the ground anymore. Winter officially begins today, December 21st, even if my sister in Denver begs to differ.  Storms here sent leaves scurrying, as per schedule this week.  So, what should be done about that?  (The… Continue reading Rake Those Leaves, or Leaf It Alone?