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The Yaupon Holly Tree

The Yaupon Holly Tree (Ilex vomitoria) is an evergreen shrub.  Shinning small leaves that stay green year-round with twiggy branches that are sharp and pointed.  It grows to about 15 ft. tall and wide usually in about full maturity at about 8-10 years.  The Yaupon Holly Tree will produce small white flowers in late spring, […]

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Pyracantha Plant

Pyracantha Varieties

Pyracantha varieties. The pyracantha plant is it a vine or a shrub?  It’s actually both as you can train it into a large shrub or train it to grow along the side of a fence or wall.  It is a standalone vine or a vine that does not need support. It will generate a ton […]

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Carolina Laurel Tree

Carolina Laurel Tree

The Carolina Laurel Tree in the Southwest( ‘Bright ‘N Tight’ Carolina Cherry Laurel )It does very well in the Southwest providing they are given lots of water during the first 3-4 years after initial planting. They are considered a water-loving tree around the Southwest and rightly so. They do like above moderate waterings once it is […]

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Bald Cypress Trees

Bald Cypress Trees (Taxodium distichum). The Bald Cypress tree is a swamp type tree and loves water.  However, you can make this tree work in the southwest.  How? Easy, provide it will plenty of water during the hot summer months especially during the first 4-5 years after initial planting. It is a slow-growing tree but will […]

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The Ponytail Palm Plant

The Ponytail Palm Plant

What is The Ponytail Palm Plant? (Beaucarnea recurvata) Is it really a palm plant?  It is native to Eastern Mexico and they will get large and live past 300 years. This plant is not in the palm tree species but it does look like a miniature palm tree. Actually it is a succulent plant this […]

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Types of landscape design

Types of landscape design information. Landscaping your area is a big chore to some, it requires time to measure, visit the local nursery store and then start looking for the right plants. Hiring a local professional landscaper is the right thing to do, however, here are some good tips that could save you both time […]

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The difference in palm trees

The difference between palm trees

The difference between palm trees.  Palm trees are in the Plantae Arecaceae family and will do great in warm and tropical areas of the U.S. They are drought tolerant once they become established.  But, the cold hardiness varies among the thousands of types of palms.  This post will basically describe the most common of Palm […]

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New Mexico Privet

New Mexico Privet

The New Mexico Privet (Forestiera Pubescens) is a good looking multi-trunk shrub and it can also be used as a small ornamental tree.  It is easy to grow in and around the Southwest area especially in New Mexico thus its name.  It is deciduous meaning it will lose its leave during the winter seasons. It […]

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How to keep birds away from fruit trees

How to keep birds away from fruit trees

How to keep birds away from fruit trees.  Before we get ahead and find the right way to keep birds away from your fruit trees it is important to note that it is illegal to kill most migratory birds.  Except for pigeons, house sparrows, and European starlings.  Each state has its own laws make sure you […]

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Small Desert Plants: Desert landscape ideas for backyards

Small Desert Plants for the southwest.  These small cactus plants are great for a small Xeriscape landscape design.  Most will require little water and will tolerate full hot sun…perfect for those small hot places that are bare. Desert plants are susceptible to mealybugs and other insects.  Owners tend to neglect them because they are low […]

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