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Keep Those Hummingbird Feeders Extra Clean

Now that the heat is revving up, you need to be more diligent than ever about the frequency with which you clean your hummingbird feeders. The summer sun can turn the sugar water in your hummingbird feeders sour into a cesspool of bacteria in a few days; even quicker...

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These Native Plants Need Not Be Restless: Plant Native!

The tales of my gardening successes (vegetables not included)can be chalked up to two time frames: "before learning about native plants" and "after learning about native plants". I can tell you right now, that the second time frame has been what's kept me in the...

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Milkweed and Aphids: Nature takes its course

 If you've ever brought milkweed into your gardens to help support the Monarch population, chances are, you've had to put up with aphids. These tiny, soft-bodies insects converge under the leaves of milkweed, line up the stems, and make your milkweed look like a super...

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4 Ways to Control Garden Pests Naturally

Pests and gardening go hand in hand. You are not the only one who is eager to get a taste of your spring or fall veggies, or looking forward to the blooms on your prized rose bush. The pests want in on your gardening too! Pest control in the garden can be a daunting...

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Attracting Beneficial Insects To Your Gardens

Inviting beneficial insects into your landscape is a great way to help you naturally fight off pest problems we face while gardening here in San Antonio. How does helping out our pollinators by providing them a safe and organic environment to feed and energize...

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Butterfly Field Trip

October was an amazing month for butterflies! Whether it was the hordes of Snout Nose butterflies we tried in vain to avoid greeting with our windshields, or the masses of Queens visiting before the Monarchs flew in, there really wasn't a day that didn't provide some...

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Seed Bombs: A Wildflower Party

It's fall in San Antonio but if you were new to the city and had to spend any time outside recently, you just might call me a liar. The sun still blazes, but every now and then a cool morning greets us, and we just may dip below 85 for the highest temp of the day. We...

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Pests

July Is A Gardening Maintenance Month

July is considered a plant maintenance month here in San Antonio. You should find yourself spending much of your gardening time watering, and protecting your plants. Today we’re popping in to give you some other gardening tips to keep in mind and get you through the...

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Blackberries: Summer Pruning is Essential

Have you tried growing blackberries in Texas? These juicy berries come in both thorny and thornless varieties (with the thorny varieties generally being more productive). Blackberries are a delight to eat fresh, cooked into cobblers and pies, or made into a sweet,...

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Time to Treat for Grubs in Warm Season Turf Grasses

Summer brings on the battle against soil-dwelling insects, like grubs and chinch bugs, who chew their way through our warm-season grasses. Today's blog will give you some insight into why it is ideal to treat for grubs right now, and how to discern if you have these...

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Keep Those Hummingbird Feeders Extra Clean

Now that the heat is revving up, you need to be more diligent than ever about the frequency with which you clean your hummingbird feeders. The summer sun can turn the sugar water in your hummingbird feeders sour into a cesspool of bacteria in a few days; even quicker...

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Crape Myrtles: Let Blooms Help You Choose

Summer is the time when crape myrtles put forth their numerous blooms in full display; so wouldn't it make sense to choose yours now to make sure you get the exact color you want?Crape myrtles come in a variety of shades. Try shopping for a red crape myrtle and you...

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How to Know When Your Melons are Ready to Harvest

Melons are a sweet summer treat in San Antonio. End of the school year pool parties wouldn’t seem complete without sticky melon juice running down children’s faces. Melons can offer immediate, cool, refreshing reprieve on a hot summer day. But have you also...

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Top June Gardening Tips: What You Need To Know

 Today’s blog is about some of the dos and the don’ts when it comes to gardening in June in San Antonio. Hopefully most of you are signed up for our e-newsletter and get your monthly tips at the beginning of the month, along with our seasonal ads and coupons. If not,...

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Groundcover Options for Replacing Turf

June is a good time to evaluate your lawns for areas where turf may be better off replaced by groundcovers. Mowing season is in full swing since warm-season grasses are growing like gangbusters; but if your turf is declining or just plain bare in spots, it could be...

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When Plants Aren’t Invited On Vacation

Summer means sun, fun, and vacation time! You stop your mail and newspaper delivery while away on vacation and always make sure your pets are looked after, but what about your plants? For you, a couple of days in the heat of summer may mean a nice golden tan. For your...

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