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Texas tough plants that attract winged beauty to your yard

You can increase your enjoyment of your summer landscape by adding plants that bring butterflies and hummingbirds to your plantings. It’s fascinating to see the life cycle of a butterfly take place in your own garden! Watching the amazing acrobatics of hummingbirds is always entertaining, too. Butterflies need both nectar plants for the adults and host plants for the caterpillars to feed on. These plants are worth adding to your landscape on their own merit as ornamentals, but they also bring the added benefit of inviting winged beauty for close-up enjoyment. Kids love to chase butterflies! Host plants include: milkweed…

Controlling grasshoppers

By Jackie Peel, TCMG Did I get your attention with the title? Thought so. Seems like all the gardeners I know are battling the nemesis named grasshopper at this time of year. Grasshoppers are more than a nuisance, in some years they can approach Biblical plague proportions. And it’s not your imagination, their populations do increase in drought years (weird but true). This fact does not comfort me, since I know we are now in the third year of a severe drought cycle in Texas. I always look for an organic solution to a pest as a first resort. This…