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What happens to the Texas Landscape when it gets this cold?

By The Top Choice Team / February 18, 2021

What happens to the Texas Landscape when it gets this cold? Background Information: This was written in mid-February 2021 during a “winter vortex”. You may have heard of the movie – The Perfect Storm – well that was about a different storm. Similar though. Central Texas saw multiple days under snow. While this may be…

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How to Trim Knock Out Roses in Central Texas

By The Top Choice Team / February 12, 2021

How to trim Knockout Roses in Central Texas Wondering how to trim roses in Central Texas? The first question you should ask: What are knockout roses? They are hybrid roses developed to resist common rose diseases and produce prolific blooms. They are common in landscapes across Central Texas. It is important you ensure you are…

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Notable American Christmases

By The Top Choice Team / December 16, 2020

3 Notable American Christmases At Top Choice, we love America. Sure, we are flawed. Who isn’t? We have our ignominious moments. Who doesn’t? I know I do. But, despite those moments, we have some incredible, awe-inspiring, breathtaking, heart warming, human moments. Here are three that occurred on Christmas or Christmas Eve. As a side note,…

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Central Texas Winter Cut Back

By The Top Choice Team / December 16, 2020

Central Texas Winter Cut Back How can you be successful in your Texas winter cut back? A little work in mid-late winter will result in a more beautiful and healthy landscape for the rest of the year. Each yard is different, in fact each yard can have its own microclimate where plants should be treated…

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How Does Military Experience Help with Small Business?

By The Top Choice Team / December 7, 2020

How Does Military Experience Help with Small Business? All I can do is write to my own experience – limited – personal – growing – ever-changing. I understand myself better and differently each year. But I have this conversation pretty regularly, so I thought I would consolidate my thoughts to maybe help someone in the…

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Nolan’s 2020 Book Recommendations

By The Top Choice Team / December 3, 2020

2020 Book Recommendations  Want some 2020 book recommendations? For you? For a gift? I read a lot…actually my wife likes to remind me that I listen a lot. Perhaps the best word is consume. I consume a lot of books – some via the physical page and a lot via the audible app. I love…

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Drunk Birds?! Intoxicating Berries in Texas.

By The Top Choice Team / November 24, 2020

Drunk Birds?! Why is this bird acting so strange? Believe it or not, animals – and especially birds – can get drunk on berries. Occasionally, with the right seasonal conditions, berries will ferment. This generally occurs after a freeze. When a hungry bird runs into a fermented berry, they make friends and odd things can…

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How to Grow a Cactus in Central Texas

By The Top Choice Team / November 24, 2020

I want to grow a cactus…but how? The first thing to know if you want to grow a cactus in central Texas: Don’t over think it.  Cacti are awesome. They take care of themselves and they look cool. Best of all – they are easy to grow.  Step 1 – find a cactus you like. …

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Tree Removal

By The Top Choice Team / November 11, 2020

Tree removal We love trees, but sometimes the best thing for a landscape is a tree removal. One of my personal pet peeves is when new neighborhoods require 2, 3 or even 4 trees installed in a yard that should really only have one tree. It is short sighted. Why would you remove a tree?…

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How to Winterize your Texas Irrigation System

By The Top Choice Team / October 27, 2020

How to winterize your Texas Irrigation System Why do we winterize? We want to take care of our irrigation system. Often times there are breaks in our systems after a long hard winter. Everyone knows that water expands when it freezes – we need to take this into consideration when we are preparing for the…

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