The Bagworm

Thyridopteryx Ephemeraeformis One pest that can quickly begin to destroy your plants is a bagworm. The bagworm creates a silky…

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It’s Almost That RoundUp Time of Year

  Here in central/south Texas the spring planting season is right around the corner. As plants begin to grow so do the weeds. It’s a good time to begin bed preparation even though the weather is can still dip down to freezing temperatures. There is a go to product on the shelf of your local…

Watersmart Pottery From GrowOya

I have the entrepreneur’s bug bad and enjoy finding new out of the ordinary products. I found one over the weekend that I wanted to share with my readers. The Oya, or Olla, is a ancient water system that has regained attention in the past few years. A company in Washington State, called GrowOya, has…

Benefits of Outdoor Lighting

It still amazes me that outdoor lighting is generally the last thing that anyone thinks about when purchasing or building a home. That is probably the worst thing about being a lighting designer. We always seem to get called way after everything else is completed which makes the installation so much more difficult and expensive.…

The Bagworm

Thyridopteryx Ephemeraeformis One pest that can quickly begin to destroy your plants is a bagworm. The bagworm creates a silky “bag” with the digested plants. Cedar and junipers seem to be most susceptible to this pest. The bagworm will also attache to fences and rocks. Birds will eat the worms and eggs but the casing…

Four Inch Lantana ‘New Gold’ Equals Savings

Lantana ‘New Gold’ is one plant that does very well in Central Texas. It handles the Texas heat and more importantly it can provide a bright perennial color with little need for water. It is a lower growing Lantana and usually doesn’t get much taller than 18 inches although with good watering schedule I have…

Gaura

The Gaura is a tough Texas native perennial that has a red stem and pinkish flowers. It grows from a tap root similar to a carrot and grows into a light clump foliage. It has long narrow green leaves. The blooms have clusters of orchid like flowers which are light pink with distinct dark pink…

The Powermate 43cc Earth Auger Review

First off I have to say I knew there was a risk buying a Powermate product from The Home Depot. I had an experience with their tiller last year. Let’s just say I was not impressed and it has already been decommissioned. That being said I recently purchased the Powermate 43cc Earth Auger with the…

Orange Lion’s Tail

  Last year my wife found a plant that I had never seen before. We planted it in the middle of summer right in our large perennial bed. There was a spot right between some blue salvia and plumbago. There wasn’t much growth last year and I do not think we even had blooms. This spring…

Garden Soil

As we get our beds ready for the landscape and garden seasons we should look at garden soil. Soil selection is key when you are adding more to existing planting areas, filling your raised planters boxes, or even starting new plants in pots. There are many different types of soil in your local market and each…