Category Archives: Garden & landscape

Texas PBS show highlights invasive plants

Invasive plants have been a hot topic in Burleson Heights and Burleson-Parker lately, and episode #2024 of “Texas Parks and Wildlife” features a long segment on efforts to remove invasives in state and local parks across the state. Most of … Continue reading

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Take a walk, remove an invasive plant

The fields of bastard cabbage around Austin might seem too daunting to remove, but Joan Singh, Parks Grounds Manager for the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, has a suggestion. If you’re using a park like Mabel Davis anyway, take a … Continue reading

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Native wildflowers smothered in yellow

There’s a pretty plant blooming all over Austin, but don’t be fooled by its good looks. Underneath its veil of yellow flowers is a killer. An invasive plant called Rapistrum rugosum (aka bastard cabbage, turnip weed or Mediterranean mustard) has taken … Continue reading

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Rains relieve drought in Southeast Austin

A wet winter has brought an end to the drought in southern Travis County, including the Burleson Heights and Burleson-Parker neighborhoods. According to an update to the U.S. Drought Monitor this week, our area is now classified as abnormally dry, four drought stages better … Continue reading

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Brush collection begins April 2

The city will collect large brush in our area starting April 2. Have brush out by 6:30 a.m., and observe the following guidelines: Stack unbound brush along the curb. The pile should be in one row no more than 4 … Continue reading

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Show parks some love by volunteering on March 3

Saturday, March 3, is It’s My Park Day, a volunteer event coordinated by the nonprofit Austin Parks Foundation. Every spring, the event draws up to 2,000 volunteers who build trails, fix play equipment, address erosion, build gardens and more. Projects … Continue reading

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City proposes plan to deal with invasive plants

The City of Austin is proposing a plan to manage invasive plants on city-owned property such as parks and easements. If passed, it will  be the first such management program in Texas and the second in the U.S. The plan … Continue reading

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Large brush collection and other tree news

The city will pick up large brush and limbs next week. Have items at the curb by 6:30 a.m. Oct. 3 (though pickup might take a few days), and observe these city rules: Stack unbound brush no more than 4 … Continue reading

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Austin’s native landscapes in the New York Times

Austin’s record heat and drought are making the news, and so are the restored prairies and native landscaping that are holding up in these harsh conditions. Read about the people, the plants and the techniques at the Lady Bird Johnson … Continue reading

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Get the most out of your water

Starting Sept. 6, Austin will enter Stage 2 Mandatory Watering Restrictions in an attempt to ensure that enough water is available during the ongoing drought. City Manger Marc Ott made the move last week because of low combined storage levels … Continue reading

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