edible landscaping, nutritional value of plants, organic, sustainable

Always Best to Buy (or GROW) Organic Produce?

Lately, I'm getting more requests from my landscaping clients who've never considered themselves gardeners to grow their own food. And they want to do it organically. Horror stories of tainted greens drive many to question what else they might be buying in that bag of lettuce or spinach. Restaurants, bars, and even airlines blame skyrocketing prices for dropping lime… Continue reading Always Best to Buy (or GROW) Organic Produce?

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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!

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

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