Trees

Vitex: Tree of Chastity

Vitex: Tree of Chastity

By Myranda Villarreal / May 24, 2022 /

Facts: One of the many trees grown here is the Vitex, or Chaste Tree. Native to Southern Europe and Western Asia, vitex was introduced to the United States around 1670. This tree is in demand for its range of medicinal and herbal uses. It is also well sought out for a similar look to a…

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Utilizing Local Landscapers

Utilizing Local Landscapers

By Myranda Villarreal / May 5, 2022 /

With last year’s freeze and the strange weather we’ve had in 2022, you may still have damaged plants in your yard. Replacing parts of a landscape can be overwhelming, even for experienced gardeners. Now may be the right time to hire a professional. There are definite benefits. Training and Experience A professional landscaper has the…

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Mountain Laurel Harvesting Season

By Myranda Villarreal / February 28, 2022 /

It is Mountain Laurel season here at the farm! And this is our twentieth crop of mountain laurels! We’ve learned a few things about them these past few decades – maybe there’s something that will help you. Texas mountain laurels are tricky to propagate and even trickier to transplant. They grow naturally in the Texas…

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Five great things about Cedar Elm trees

By Mary Beth / November 22, 2021 /

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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Winter Storm Uri

By Mary Beth / February 25, 2021 /

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 /

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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Wild Olive

By Mary Beth / November 21, 2020 /

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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Honey Mesquite

By Mary Beth / November 18, 2020 /

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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Wooly Oak Galls

By Mary Beth / November 5, 2020 /

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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Tree Pruning for Healthy Trees

By Mary Beth / October 22, 2020 /

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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