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New Improved Shrub
The Texas Superstar Plant Program at Texas A & M University takes well-known plants and develops unique selections with new characteristics. In 2005 breeders improved upon a common landscape shrub...
New Corn Earworm Control
Corn earworm is a big problem for gardeners across the country. An old-fashioned yet effective organic control is to apply a several drops of mineral oil on the corn silks (where the adult moths...
Clay Controls Weeds
Over the past decade, kaolin clay was introduced as a disease and insect control for various crops (see "High Tech Dust Foils Pests" ). Now, new research from the USDA suggests that this clay...
It's midsummer and many gardeners are getting tired of mowing the lawn. There's no getting around mowing a manicured Bermuda grass or Kentucky bluegrass lawn, but if you have an orchard, vacation...
In the Garden
Gardening is one of those activities that allows you to focus your attention on something other than the mundane chores of life. Taxes, bills, laundry, and traffic take a back seat while your mind is otherwise occupied in the garden. It's like knitting,...
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Favorite or New Plant
'Fusion Glow' Exotic Impatiens I received a box of plants early in the spring from Simply Beautiful, and I stuck them into my...
Clever Gardening Technique
Safety with Herbicides To prevent herbicide spray from damaging surrounding plants, cut the bottom off a plastic soda...
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- Inspect Drip Systems
- Prune Camellias
- Weed Ground Covers
- Groom Flowering Plants
- Caring for Citrus