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Leaves of a cedar elm (300 x 240)

Five great things about Cedar Elm trees

By Mary Beth / November 22, 2021 / 0 Comments

We hear a lot these days about how important native trees and plants are. Cedar Elms are one of my favorite native Texas trees. Here are five of the things I most love about cedar elms! GREAT FOR URBAN YARDS! Cedar Elm doesn’t grow as wide a canopy as some shade trees so it’s a…

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Pygmy date palms or phoenix roebellinii after a storm

Winter Storm Uri

By Mary Beth / February 25, 2021 / 0 Comments

What to do now Last week we were all focused on power and water. Less than a week later, our yards are a constant reminder of winter storm Uri. Our tree farm has been getting many calls asking for landscaper recommendations. We keep an every-changing list of landscapers in the Rio Grande Valley that you…

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Assessing Our Freeze Damage

By Mary Beth / February 19, 2021 / 0 Comments

Today was our first opportunity to get out in the fields and get a good look at the damage last weeks arctic blast did to our fields. Even though the three rows pictured above are all Date palms, one is canarensis and the other two are roebellini. Clearly, roebellini is more cold sensitive. They are…

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A row of wild olives

Wild Olive

By Mary Beth / November 21, 2020 / 0 Comments

Sunday was the perfect day to spend outdoors – cool and sunny.  After burning the branches already in the fire pit, we wandered through the yard trimming dead wood to keep the fire going.   It gave us a chance to take a good look at our trees – how they’ve grown, what looks good, and what…

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Healthy trees in a residential area

Honey Mesquite

By Mary Beth / November 18, 2020 / 0 Comments

A signature plant of south Texas, the mesquite tree’s popularity as a landscape tree is growing rapidly.    Its spreading canopy gives dappled shade and relief from our brutal summer sun.      The mesquites pictured above are growing along a slope leading down to a resaca.   Mesquite trees are not picky about the soil…

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Rays of the sun penetrating the leaves of the tree

Wooly Oak Galls

By Mary Beth / November 5, 2020 / 0 Comments

Theres no need to get anxious about wooly oak galls on the undersides of your leaves. If you have watered and taken care of your live oak tree, it s health won’t be affected at all

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Healthy trees along the road

Tree Pruning for Healthy Trees

By Mary Beth / October 22, 2020 / 0 Comments

As it grows cooler and trees go dormant, we begin to consider what winter pruning might need to be done.   Why Prune? Pruning is important to your tree’s health.   Tree growers prune every year so their trees have a nice structure with high forks and open branch angles. Pruning keeps your trees looking great and…

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A row of cedar elms (300 x 229)

Cedar Elm

By Mary Beth / October 15, 2020 / 0 Comments

I am hoping that this winter the stars will align and we will have the perfect conditions for some of our trees to give us a little fall color.   Cedar Elms are one of the few species that show off their bright yellow and golden orange leaves.   This Texas native is often overlooked but has lovely characteristics and is…

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Two caterpillars

What’s eating the trees! 

By Mary Beth / October 1, 2020 / 0 Comments

Live oak trees are a popular landscape tree because they are long lived and relatively care- free.  But they are undergoing attacks all around south Texas from Datana caterpillars.  Specifically Datana constricta.     www.bugguide.com shows that they are wreaking havoc as far north as Houston.     This tree had foliage this morning!  And…

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A beautiful residential landscape

Planting Trees

By Mary Beth / September 18, 2020 / 0 Comments

When Planting Trees, PLAN Ahead At a tree farm, we think about trees and planting trees all year long. But in Texas, October is Arbor Month. Fall is the best time to plant trees in Texas so the farm usually gets lots of calls then from cities and schools and clubs asking about tree planting.…

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