Archive for March, 2010
Winter rains historically usher in a beautiful spring in the Texas Hill country! Wildflower Center officials have already spotted bluebonnets preparing to bloom between Marble Falls and Llano. Bluebonnets and over 5000 species of wildflowers will peak mid-March through May. Deemed the Texas state flower in 1901, bluebonnets have become the backdrop for family pictures, the object of paintings and the subject of stories.
An interesting fact: The Texas Department of Transportation buys and sows about 30,000 pounds of wildflower seeds each year along the Texas roadways. While the best corridor to view them is between Austin and San Antonio, a plethora of these beauties are seen from Johnson City to Fredericksburg, Marble Falls, Llano, Brenham and many places in North Texas. If visiting North Texas, just be patient as the bluebonnets do not peak until mid-April. Read More→
Today at a special awards ceremony hosted by the Austin Business Journal, the elite Austin Real Estate professionals were honored. We are very proud that our name was called as the Austin Business Journal’s 2010 Custom Builder of the Year!
Duke McDowell says, “We have been honored with over 100 industry awards throughout the years, including the Texas Custom Builder of the Year – three times! But this award is special and unique as it recognizes us locally for our commitment to advancing the quality and professionalism of the home building industry right here in our own back yard.”
This event was truly a who’s who of the Austin real estate market. Top producing agents and teams were recognized for their production in 2009 and many of them shared their stories of success in this difficult market. Read More→
Spring is almost here! Watch out though, late freezes can occur in March and heavy frosts in April in the Texas Hill Country and Austin,Texas. March 20 is the first day of spring this year. On March 20, the Sun will cross directly over the Earth’s equator. This moment is known as the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. Equinox means “equal night.” Because the sun is positioned above the equator, day and night are about equal in length all over the world during the equinoxes.
Prune……Prune spring flowering trees after they finish blooming. Prune evergreen shrubs now. Prune deciduous spring flowering shrubs after they bloom. Prune deciduous summer flowering shrubs before they bloom. Prune evergreen flowering shrubs after they bloom.
Fertilize……Fertilize spring flowering trees when the petals fall. Use one pound of 5-10-15 fertilizer per inch of tree trunk measured 3 feet from the ground. Fertilize summer flowering and deciduous spring flowering shrubs with a 15-15-15 fertilizer. Fertilize evergreen shrubs with an acid azalea/camellia fertilizer. Use 1/2 pound per 3 feet of the shrubs height. Read More→