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What’s all the fuss about Ladybugs?

There are many types of ladybugs in North American. Most are indigenous and very beneficial in helping to control unwanted plant pests like aphids and whitefly.

The ones we sell in the springtime are Hippodamia convergens NOT Harmonia axyridis, that you may be hearing about on the news.

Our ladybugs come from an actual insectary (Insect Rearing Farm) not from brokers so you can rest assured that you are getting a truly native ladybug.

So what’s the difference?

Hippodamia convergens, commonly known as the...

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The days are getting shorter, nights are cooling off, and it looks to be a good year for fall color in the Austin forest. The daily torture of Mopac traffic is made slightly less obnoxious by the polychromatic vistas overlooking the Barton Creek Greenbelt and Ladybird Lake, as rich hues paint the landscape and call us into the forest. Golden cedar elms and ashes highlight the creeks and tributaries, copper tones of towering baldcypress trees punctuate the lakeshores, and red-orange sumacs populate the hillsides and medians. For most people, the vision of a red or golden tree rising out...

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Here are some recommended varieties:

'Ouachita' Thornless Blackberry - Great choice for Central Texas. Fruit is large, sweet, flavorful and less tart than other thornless cultivars. No pollinator required. Cold hardy to 13°F. Self supporting, harvest starting around June 10 for 5 weeks.

'Orient' Pear - Quite possibly the easiest fruit tree to grow in Austin. Can grow in clay, sandy, or even caliche limestone soil! It is a cross between an Asian & Kieffer pear.Large, nearly round firm pear. Fire blight resistant. Ripens in August. Zones...

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Our Christmas trees will be arriving the day before Thanksgiving. Get a jump on your holiday decorating and enjoy your tree for a whole month!

This year there is a shortage of trees across the country. The farm we had been using for many years in North Carolina was completely out of 6-7' and 7-8' trees, and apparently the same is true across the state. So after a lot of searching, we finally found some trees for this year from Washington State. This year we will have 3 types, Noble Fir, Douglas Fir, and Nordmann Fir. They should be as beautiful as they have always...

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Fall is finally here and we can look forward to cooler temps and hopefully a little more rain. It's a great time to plant, but it makes sense to first make a plan...

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