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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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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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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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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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Big trees on a residential area

Why Fall is the Best Time for Tree Planting

By Mary Beth / September 14, 2020 / 0 Comments

Prime tree planting time is just around the corner. Everything resource out there agrees that Fall is the best time to plant a tree. But, have you ever stopped and wondered why? Less Stress Do you find moving stressful? I know I do and trees and plants do too! The heat of summer adds stress…

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Potted trees

Protect Your Investment

By Mary Beth / July 4, 2020 / 0 Comments

The following is a post from a few years ago on our old blog.    Since we are nearing our dry season, I thought it would be a good re-run! In our neck of the woods, we often go for months without measurable rain.   Driving around the Valley, it appears that lots of people have just thrown their arms in the…

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Honey Mesquite Trees

By Mary Beth / July 3, 2020 / 2 Comments

The honey mesquite tree (Prosopis glandulosa) is a pod-bearing tree native to South Texas. This time of year, you may notice the sap oozing from parts of the trunk and branches. Well, that’s exactly why it’s called HONEY Mesquite. Some may say it’s for the sweet, honey producing flowers but I don’t think it’s that…

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Wind Damage to Your Trees

By Mary Beth / May 25, 2020 / 0 Comments

With hurricane season beginning within the week, it’s a great time to assess your trees and try to anticipate which might be vulnerable to wind damage.    Typical wind damage includes loss of limbs, split trunk, and total uprooting of the tree. After Hurricane Dolly, we had a 50 or 60 year old Ash tree…

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Chapote

By Mary Beth / May 1, 2020 / 0 Comments

Texas Persimmons, also known as Chapote, is a small semi-deciduous tree with dark  green leaves. It is often low forking or multi-trunked.   In South Texas, Texas Persimmons performs much like a live oak, retaining its leaves throughout the winter and then dropping them shortly before flushing fresh leaves in the spring.  It prefers well drained, alkaline soils.   …

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