Tree Landscaping

Types of pecan trees

Types of pecan trees

Types of pecan trees in the Southwest. These tips are for a backyard or small pecan orchard landscaping. Western Schley – This pecan tree will do best in the arid desert southwest. And is the most common pecan tree in the Southwest U.S.  It is a self-pollinator and produces heavy fruit at an early age. […]

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Arbutus Unedo Strawberry Tree

Arbutus Unedo Strawberry Tree

Arbutus Unedo Strawberry Tree.  Also called the Dwarf Strawberry bush.  For something different in the garden you might want to try planting this great evergreen tree/shrub.  It produces edible strawberry-like fruit and a showy white flower that bloom at the same time.  The blooming season is late fall and into late winter. The stems and […]

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Hollywood Juniper Tree

Hollywood Juniper Tree

Hollywood Juniper Tree (uniperus chinensis ‘Torulosa’).  Is a fast-growing Juniper up to 15-20 ft. in height and about 10-15 ft. wide.  A very hardy evergreen tree that will add interest to your landscape.  Plant 3-4 in a row for an interesting border wall.  The stems will twist and turn in all directions. Where to place this […]

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Shumard Red Oak information

Shumard Red Oak information

Shumard Red Oak information (Quercus shumardii).  Most Oak trees are slow to moderate growing the Shumard Red Oak is one of the faster-growing oak trees.  Turns a brilliant red-orange during the fall seasons it will drop its leaves once the winter season arrives. Where to place the Shumard Red Oak? A good tree for the southwest […]

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Texas Red Oak Information

Texas Red Oak Tree Information

Texas Red Oak Tree Information (Quercus buckleyi). A good looking tree for the southwest and other parts of the west.  I love this for its hardiness and overall looks.  Many folks do not realize Red Oak trees will do well here particularly the Texas Red Oak.  It is native to south-central Texas but can be […]

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Ginkgo Biloba tree information

Ginkgo Biloba tree information

Ginkgo biloba tree information.  Also called the Maidenhair Tree.  A great tree for ornamental or shade purposes. It is known for its unique fan-shaped leaf and brilliant golden fall color. Be sure to purchase the male strain of this tree. What does it look like Proportional branching creates a remarkable upright landscape accent, eventually becoming […]

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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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The Western Cottonwood Tree

The Western Cottonwood Tree

The Western Cottonwood tree (Poplar Family) goes by many names including the following. Rio Grande Cottonwood The Fremonti Cottonwood  Alamo Cottonwood They are the same tree and will grow up to 60ft. in height and about 30ft. in width. The Western Cottonwood Tree   The Western Cottonwood likes water and will grow close to riverbanks […]

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rainwater collection

Water Collection Solutions for Sustainable Households

Water Collection Solutions.  Water is the driving force of all nature. Humans, animals, plants, we all need water to survive. We can manage for three weeks without food but only three to five days without water. There is no life without water because every cell in our body needs it to keep functioning. We are […]

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How to choose the right Stihl chainsaw

How to choose the right Stihl chainsaw

How to choose the right Stihl chainsaw.  Are you thinking about purchasing a new right Stihl chainsaw but aren’t quite sure which one to choose? Let me give you a few tips that will help get you pointed in the right direction chainsaws are a versatile and time-saving tool. They’re very powerful it’s important that […]

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