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Old 03-29-2010, 01:26 PM
 
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I have a new goal of winning yard of the month, but I have some work to do getting my landscaping to that point. I'm looking for tips for on watering, times of year to plant, fertilizers, mulch, pretty much anything you can think of in these very broad categories.

Best Flowers

Best shrubs

Best medium size trees

Tips for Grass care

Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-29-2010, 02:29 PM
 
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This would be nice to know info for us as well! We are in the process of redoing our beds. I tried asking for suggestions at The Garden Center but due to my lack of speaking spanish I was SOL. So bumping up in hopes somebody will answer!
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Old 03-29-2010, 02:30 PM
 
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Oh and if anybody knows where I can buy some Vincas that would be awesome. I saw some last week but over the weekend we went back to get them and they were gone. I planted them at our Baton Rouge home and they lasted year round.
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Old 03-29-2010, 02:54 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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Grass care:
Lawn Maintenance Schedule from Teas Nursery (http://www.teasnursery.com/LawnCareSchedule.htm - broken link)
Homeowner Lawn Mowing Tips | Evergreen Lawns
Simple Tips to Avoid Wasting Water on Lawn and Garden…
Advice for growing the perfect yard and other lawn care advice - Moving.com
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Old 03-29-2010, 03:06 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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Info on Vinca
PlantFiles: Detailed information on Greater Periwinkle Vinca major
MyTexasGarden, gardening resources and workshops
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Old 03-29-2010, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Houston and Old Katy
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We had yard of the month last year to our surprise. I don't try too hard, just like to keep the yard clean. Here is what we did:

We have couple flower beds - one stone about 1 ft tall, and the other one along the edge of grass. I keep the grass green starting in spring into december. I fertilize, cut, weed, and water - that's it. We have clean flower beds - no weed, some color from flowers - we mostly have roses, petunias, begonias and geraniums. We had couple of hybiscus plants, and also have colorful bushes.

We don't mulch, just put new good quality humus once a year.

We had pine trees last year, but this year there is only one pear tree left - pine trees were killed when we replaced the driveway.
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Old 03-29-2010, 03:15 PM
 
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Thanx!!!
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Old 03-29-2010, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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I highly encourage you to read up on xeriscaping and planting Texas natives. This is a great website that I refer to frequently for a list of Texas superstars chosen by Texas A&M:

Texas Superstar®

What they sell in nurseries doesn't always agree with our hot Texas summer weather and our soil. My bible is a book called Plants for Texas:

Amazon.com: Howard Garrett's Plants for Texas (9780292727885): Howard Garrett: Books

The Harris County Master Gardener Association has plant sales occasionally (Fort Bend has their own too).

On a side note, I also encourage you to call Digtess before you start digging and have your utility lines marked. It is a free service. I can't tell you how many times I have accidentally cut the cable lines in my yard when I first started gardening.
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Old 03-29-2010, 06:34 PM
 
Location: The Greater Houston Metro Area
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Great sources, elnina!
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