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Give the Gift of Gardening

Amazing organizations across Austin use gardens and their harvest to transform lives and communities. This season of giving, share the transformative power of gardening with others by donating your time or financial support to one of these groups: Empower Youth with Gardening Urban Roots engages youth in underserved communities to transform their lives and their communities through farming. You can help their effort to develop future leaders and good citizens with your support.   Grow a Community Sustainable Food Center…

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7 Ways to Reduce, Reuse, and Rethink Garden Design

Whether salvaging or recycling, all up-cycling activities benefit the environment by reducing landfill. And since these seven found objects are one-of-a-kind, they ensure that your landscape will not look like your neighbors 1 Coke Bottle Landscape Think Coke bottles have an attractive, iconic design? So did we, when we sculpted the edges of a pathway and patio with them. Interspersed with stone, the bottles capture the light and turn ordinary into extraordinary. 2 Pallet garden Discarded shipping pallets make stunning…

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Time to Go WIld!

Want bluebonnets and butterflies in your garden next Spring? Then this is the time to sow your wild seeds! Why go Wild? Fall is the best time to plant in Austin. And, if you want to do something to benefit the environment, help struggling butterfly and bee populations, and cover a barren patch of lawn with color and life, this is also the best time to plant your wildflower seeds. Consider the addition of a wildflower border or garden to…

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3 Smart Strategies for your Fall Landscape

After a summer of relentless heat and sun, we can revel in the coming cool of autumn. And with a little TLC, our lawn and gardens can also benefit and blossom during the cooler weather. Steps you take now will not only enhance your enjoyment through winter, but also beautify your landscape next spring. Clear Out the Old Start your fall gardening by clearing out non-thriving plant matter. Prune plants and shrubs, pull out weeds and remove debris. Remove aging…

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5 Surprising Ways to Save Money Watering Your Lawn

If your water bills have been giving you pause, consider these water smart strategies to save water and money. Water less Less is more when it comes to watering. By watering less often, but deeply, we create deep healthy roots, which better survive times of drought. 1-1/2 inches of water every five days is a good goal.   You can also water less by switching to a drip irrigation system for your garden and trees. Low volume drips reduce evaporation…

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Beyond the flower pot – Solve 6 garden problems with clever containers

Container gardens are a great feature, especially when you have a small garden or no garden. Pots of plants adorn balconies, add warmth to patios and decks, and brighten doorways. Containers, however, can also solve many problems, even in large gardens. Here are 6 clever ways to use containers to solve some common garden problems. Problem 1: Nothing grows here Poor soil quality, steep slopes, areas under mature trees or of heavy drainage are challenges for any gardener. The solution: Containers…

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Paw Friendly Lawn Care

Your pets love to run, roll, scratch and generally nose around your lawn. If your lawn is covered in chemical fertilizers and pesticides, however, you could be making them sick. How can you keep your pets safe? Keep these principles in mind to protect all your family members, especially the furry ones. Avoid chemical fertilizers Chemical fertilizers are like fast food for your lawn. Loaded with nitrogen, they quickly improve the appearance of grass. Those high levels of nitrogen, however,…

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Save the Butterflies

You can help save the monarch butterfly! Did you know? Texas is a critical migration state for monarch butterflies. Monarch butterfly populations have dropped as much as 80%. You can help save the monarch butterfly. Monarch butterflies like bees and so many species are disappearing. It can seem like there is nothing we can do. But we can! Austin lies on an important stretch of the monarch migration. Herbicides and development have destroyed many of the plants that monarch butterflies…

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Why do weeds keep returning?

Why do weeds keep returning?   Weeds grow well Weeds are well adapted to surviving under harsh conditions. They grow exceptionally well…even faster than most other plants.   Deep roots Despite your best efforts, the deep root structure of many weeds means that after pulling, they never really left your garden. Some weeds have roots that grow as much as twenty feet! With roots like that, the tendency is to always leave a bit of root behind.   Seeds are…

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Creating Curb Appeal

9 Principles to give your Home Curb Appeal First impressions are important! Curb appeal is the first thing people notice about your home and it can literally increase the value of your home. What impression does your front yard make? Is it an inviting approach that says, come on in? Or is your home turning onlookers away? Whether you want to make little changes or reconsider your entire front-scape, these 9 ideas may guide or inspire. 1. Start with the…

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