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I can answer questions about water-wise landscaping, xeriscaping, and using native vegetation, cactus, and succulents to create a home paradise that won't increase your water bill.

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My wise ol' grandmother got me started with cactus and succulents 42 years ago. The rest, as they say, is history.


National Association of Certified Home Inspectors, Better Business Bureau of San Diego


After graduating from Texas A&M University, I started a plant-sitting business in Houston to take care of the house plants when people went on vacation. That went on for five years before I moved back to College Station and started several businesses, one of which was a landscaping business specializing in "dry" landscaping.

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2014-08-28 changing from grass to rocks:

Grass that is dead won't come back, but there probably dormant grass seeds in all that grass, and water will cause them to sprout and grow.    I have done the Southwest landscaping both ways, leaving the

2014-05-04 hi:

Hey, Patty.    There are several plants with the common name "blue euphorbia." However, euphorbias are succulents, so they don't need a lot of water. If you know how many minutes the irrigation system

2014-03-11 Carrotwood trees:

Hey, Carl.    It should be safe as long as you don't build a fire that's too large for your fireplace.    If you're going to burn wood, though, please make sure your chimney has spark arrestors on it.

2014-01-22 Agapanthus Companion Plant with Same Water Need:

Hey, Will.    While I personally probably would not have chosen to plant agapanthus and mini roses together, the agapanthus is a very adaptable plant, and the mini roses normally don't require as much

2013-11-13 determine if trees should be kept or removed:

Hey, Carol.    Many decades ago when I was a senior at Texas A&M University, my Urban Forestry class did an analysis of how valuable trees are to real estate value. Mature trees at that time were adding


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