Nolan’s 2020 Book Recommendations

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 […]

Drunk Birds?! Intoxicating Berries in Texas.

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 […]

How to Grow a Cactus in Central Texas

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.  […]

Tree Removal

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? […]

How to Winterize your Texas Irrigation System

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 […]

Why are there mushrooms in my yard?

Why are there mushrooms in my yard?! A could times a year we hear the question, “Why are there mushrooms in my yard? Should I be worried? Should we treat them?”. Sometimes mushrooms show up in the turf and sometimes they are in beds. What does this mean and what should I do about it?  […]

7 Landscaping Ideas for your small backyard

  No matter how small your backyard may be, there are plenty of ways to create the perfect outdoor oasis at home with some backyard landscaping. A small plot doesn’t necessarily mean that the landscaping options are limited! There are plenty of landscaping designs and gardening fixes that you can do on your own or […]

Fall Yard Tips for Texas

Why is Fall so important for my yard?  Fall is is such an important time of year for your yard. Most people think of spring as the time to add plants, flowers, and to make the world a little greener. Fall is a great time to plant – and in Austin – it may even […]

Plants die in my yard every winter. How can I keep everything alive in the winter?

Possible Answer: Mulch – One of the many benefits of mulch is that it helps regulate the soil temperature.  It acts like a blanket over the soil.  It will protect the delicate root systems of plants over the winter months.  If you have a hard time keeping plants alive over winter, make sure you have […]

Grass is growing all over my planting beds. How do I get rid of it and stop it from growing back?

Possible Answer:  Common Bermuda and Weed Grasses – Most weed grasses, and common Bermuda, spread through seeds.  If your lawn has common Bermuda, make sure you mow weekly to keep the grass from going to seed.  (Most Bermuda lawns are Hybrid Bermuda and do not seed.)  The best solution is to pull the grass out […]

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