Category: How To

Bees and Other Pollinators in Your Garden

We all know that the bee population is diminishing and that this is bad not only for the environment, but also for the pollination of our fruits and veggies. There…

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Square Foot Gardening at Shades of Green

Welcome to Our Garden Shades of Green has our own vegetable garden where we grow fresh fruits and vegetables year-round. The design is based on the principles of Square Foot…

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Recharge Your Soil

Better Soil Nutrition = Stronger Growth = Improved Quality Recharge is magic for your soil. It’s a natural soil conditioner, replacing the need to apply tons of compost to achieve…

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Top 4 Lawn Products for North Texas

A little work now means fewer weeds later It’s time to treat your lawn. Again. Yes, I know it feels like you just did that back in the spring, maybe…

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Our New Vegetable Garden

We recently renovated and completely overhauled the vegetable garden at Shades of Green. Why? Because the old version, call it staff-veggie-garden-1.0, just wasn’t working. Since the mistakes that were made…

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How to Grow Fruit Trees Successfully

Tips for a fruitful harvest under Collin County conditions Fruit. Everybody loves fruit. It just seems so difficult to grow your own. It’s really not. It will require a little…

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Tips & Tricks For A Better Lawn

Lawn Care Lawn care is something that can be over looked at times. Sure you may water and mow, but that is just scratching the surface. Here is some friendly…

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Home Made Plum Jelly

What to do with all those Plums How’s your fruit tree looking? A couple of weeks ago, my parents were up to their ears in red plums. We decided that…

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“So I’ve got a lot of shade…”

Some of my favorite picks for those shady areas If I had a nickel. This is a common conversation starter when a customer comes into the garden center looking for…

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What are the Best Plants for Butterflies?

A Brief Guide to Getting a Garden of Butterflies What are the best plants for butterflies? That’s a common question at the garden center this time of year, often triggered…

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