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Beau Propes

Beau Propes

Barbara Anderson

The Robson Ranch Garden Club began the new year on January 18 with a very informative program by Mr. Beau Propes on the benefits of organic lawn compost top dressing. We were reminded that our lawns are living organisms and need “a healthy balance of organic matter to grow lush, healthy grass and plants.” When we achieve that balance we will enjoy lawns and gardens with “deeper roots, better drought tolerance, less disease, and fewer pest problems.” Even with our unusually wet weather in 2015 we know that that is not the normal condition in north Texas, so we need to constantly think about drought as well as water conservation.

All Robson Ranch residents are invited to attend our February meeting on Monday, 15 February, 10:30 a.m. in the Lone Star Room. At that time we will learn about Wildlife Pollinator Gardening. Many plants simply reseed themselves or propagate by runners, but wild critters can help, too. Birds drop seeds, bees spread pollen from plant to plant and digging creatures sometimes bury seeds to provide themselves with a food source should food become scarce. Why not let local wildlife help us in our gardens? Now if only we could get them to pull weeds!

There is still plenty of winter ahead, but don’t ignore the beauty of nature even if everything looks brown! Note the texture of branches now that the leaves are down; how fine are Elm branches and how stout are the branches of the Chinese Pistashio. Aristotle said, “In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” Eden Phillpots adds, “The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow.” And Albert Einstein concludes, “Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.” Let’s look and comprehend together. We look forward to seeing you on February 15 at 10:30 a.m.