September 10, 2008

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Ruby-throated hummingbird.

Northern cardinal.

Squirrel. (Photos courtesy of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)

Why garden for wildlife?

By Mark Klym
Coordinator — Texas Wildscapes Program
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

As the sun creeps over the horizon, the nightly chorus changes. The symphony of chirps and rattles from the nearby pond, accompanied by the whistle of the Chuck Wills Widow wanes to silence — only to be replaced by the melodious song of the Eastern Bluebird, the whir of hummingbird wings and the chatter of feisty squirrels. And all this is enjoyed without ever leaving the back porch!

More Texans are enjoying the many benefits of gardening for wildlife every day. And wildlife across the state is benefiting from the efforts of each one of these projects in replacing lost habitat.

But why would I garden for wildlife? There are several benefits one can experience — educational benefits, environmental benefits, economic benefits and aesthetic benefits to name a few.

A properly developed wildlife habitat can become a living classroom as young children experience the thrill of a first bird nest, or the beauty of a damselfly. Since a good wildlife habitat provides for the needs of the animals, a child can learn the lifecycle of birds, butterflies, frogs and other creatures firsthand while also learning to appreciate and respect these natural wonders. Noticing the seasonal changes in garden life will help them understand migration and hibernation. They soon learn that not everything in nature is "pretty" as they watch a dragonfly enjoy a meal. The backyard habitat can help children learn far more about nature than a book or even a library of books. By discovering the balances, associations and relationships that are part of the world around us, Texans of all ages acquire tools that will help them make informed decisions that will influence the resources around us.

A healthy wildlife habitat can enhance the environment around us — absorbing carbon dioxide, filtering dust and other pollutants, stabilizing the soils and resisting large scale devastation from insect activities. Plants in general, as part of their daily cycle, absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen we all need to survive. The leaves and structure of plants, especially plants of different heights and structures, will trap blown dust and pollutants, removing them from the air we must breathe. The roots of trees, shrubs and grasses are particularly effective at retaining soil and reducing erosion while their structures above ground are designed to slow water flow and enhance percolation. The diversity of a good wildlife habitat is far more resistant to the impact of insect, pest or disease than is the monoculture of a traditional lawn or landscape.

This resistance to disease and infestation contributes significantly to the economic benefits of a wildlife habitat. Many wildlife gardeners find they do not need to control insects since birds (wrens, flycatchers, Purple Martins and others), dragonflies, damselflies, toads and even small mammals enjoy many of the nuisance insects as a staple of their diet. Allowing nature to achieve and maintain a balance is a key to effective wildlife habitats.

Not only is the garden more economical because of reduced expenses on insect control, but the wildlife garden will also demand less water, fewer fertilizers and reduced grooming. With the cost of oil rising exponentially in recent years, fertilizers and lawnmower fuel will be a significant part of the traditional landscape budget. While they will still be necessary, the wildlife gardener will spend a lot less on them.

By properly placing trees and shrubs the gardener can move these benefits indoors as well. Using trees to provide shade in the summer and sun in the winter will reduce energy costs.

But isn’t a wildlife garden ugly? Not at all. The beauty of our native prairies, hill country and forests were what drew many of our ancestors to Texas. One needs only explore the intricacies of a passion flower, or the delicate structure of a mistflower to understand why. The first encounter with the explosion of color that is a Texas wildflower bloom often leaves one speechless. Each of our native plants is unique in its own features, and bringing them together to bring wildlife to our gardens allows us to experience these unique features.

The most common question often comes from simple lack of understanding of our natural environment. "Is it really safe to have all these birds and animals that close to my home?" Yes. As with any activity, a certain amount of basic hygiene is essential not only for our health but also for that of the birds. While we probably do not want mammals, including bats, opossums and raccoons in our home, their activities outside the home present no threat to us in most circumstances. Wildlife of all forms should be enjoyed at a distance both you and the animal feel comfortable with.

As the day draws to a close and the shadows grow, the hummingbird makes its last visit to the feeder. Cardinals chirp as they head to roost and the sharp chirp of the cicadas begin to fill the air. Soon, the call of the gulf coast toad fills the air as the landscape once again transitions to the evening life. To learn how you too can enjoy this in your backyard see

Soil preparation and fertilization for fall gardening

By Tara McKnight
Texas AgriLife Extension Service

Wichita County

Fall is just around the corner. If you made a mistake by not properly preparing your garden soil last spring, now is the time to correct it. This should be done before establishing the fall garden, because soil problems encountered during the spring growing season can be expected in the fall also.

Adding liberal amounts of organic matter to all types of garden soils is a highly recommended practice. Hay, compost, rotten grass clippings, or leaves, applied to the garden surface 2 to 3 inches deep and tilled or worked into the soil, greatly improve sands or clays.

Never add lime or wood ashes to alkaline soils. Use iron sulfate or a chelated iron product in the soil to prevent plant yellowing (iron chlorosis) caused by lack of iron. Adding fertilizer to the fall crop is necessary because spring fertilizer has washed out of the soil or been used for plant growth. Use a slow-release fertilizer at a rate of 3 pounds per 100 square feet. If manures are used, 20 to 50 pounds per 100 square feet should be adequate. If you are going to use fresh manure, incorporate it into the soil several weeks before planting.

Thoroughly work soils at least 10 inches deep. Mix the above ingredients into the garden, and add nematicide if necessary. A properly prepared soil insures a successful fall flower and vegetable garden rather than a disappointing failure.

Additional amounts of fertilizer are needed later in the season to ensure optimum plant growth and production. Add 1-1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) of ammonium sulfate per 10 feet of row to cucumbers, cantaloupes, eggplants, okra, peas and beans, peppers, squash and tomatoes after the first fruits are set, after the first harvest, and every 3 to 4 weeks thereafter.

Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, lettuce, mustard, spinach and turnip greens require 1-1/2 to 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) of ammonium sulfate per 10 feet of row 2 weeks after transplanting or 4 weeks after sowing seed. Flowering annuals require 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) of ammonium sulfate every 4 to 8 weeks for the life of the plants. Sandy soils need more frequent fertilization than heavy clay soils. Crops such as beets, carrots, potatoes, radishes, turnips and watermelons usually do not need additional fertilization. Excessive amounts of nitrogen reduce yields, or lower quality, or both.

Gardening tips

Monarch butterflies will be making their annual trek south soon. To attract them to your garden and provide food for them as they make their journey, plant some Greg’s Blue Mist Flower. This perennial plant blooms summer through fall and is a low maintenance butterfly magnet that should planted more.

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Did You Know...

It would be virtually impossible to keep weeds completely out of our gardens and landscapes. Just take a look at your shoes after a walk in the woods. You probably will notice several different hitchhikers attached to them somewhere. Even if none are visible, just bang and scrape them over some potting soil, water and see what happens. You will be surprised to see what sprouts.

Upcoming garden events

The Woodlands: Turf grass is the thirstiest plant in the landscape. Brenda Beust Smith, Houston Chronicle’s Lazy Gardener, offers quips, maxims and techniques that conserve water and beautify landscapes in How to Reduce the Size of Your Lawn (for the Ecology’s Sake) Without Infuriating Your Neighbors on Thursday, September 11 at 7:30 p.m. Organized by Community Associations of The Woodlands, the free program will be held in the L.G.I. Lecture Hall at McCullough Junior High, 3800 S. Panther Creek Dr., The Woodlands. For more information, call (281) 210-3900 or visit

Rockport: The 20th Annual Hummer/Bird Celebration will be held September 11-14, 2008 at the Rockport-Fulton High School. Four days of programs, exhibits and field trips about hummingbirds, other birds, butterflies, and habitat gardening by renowned speakers and a visit to Hummer Homes to see Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds during their migration south for the winter. For more information, visit

Tomball: The Arbor Gate will host Fall Vegetable Gardening, Saturday, September 13 at 10 a.m. Bill Adams, county extension agent emeritus, garden writer and photographer, and Tom LeRoy, Montgomery County Extension agent, authors of The Southern Kitchen Garden, will be the featured speakers. Fall can be the best time for vegetable gardening in Houston. Learn what varieties are best for the area and when to plant them. Hear other tips from these two entertaining pros. Enjoy healthy eating with your own produce. They will stay for a book signing. For more information, call (281) 351-8851 or visit

Kilgore: Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association will host the "East Texas Organic Workshop" on Saturday, September 13. Expert speakers will present topics such as The Soil Food Web, Organic Insect Management, Organic Growing for the Small Farm, and Raising/Management of Free-Range Chickens. It will also include a tour of a grass-fed beef ranch. For more information, visit or call (903) 986-9475.

Houston: The Native Plant Society of Texas-Houston (NPSOT-H) presents its 11th Annual Wildscapes Workshop & Plant Sale, "Landscaping with Native Plants to Attract Wildlife," on Saturday, September 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University of Houston's Main Campus (I-45 & Cullen Blvd.), Cullen College of Engineering, Building 1. The workshop will feature the following speakers: Chris LaChance and Angela Chandler on "Rain Gardens and Introduction to Rainwater Harvesting," Jason McKenzie on "Great Plants for a Wildscapes Landscape," Farrar Stockton on "Local Butterflies, Moths & Flight of the Monarch," and Diana Foss on "Designing with Natives." The Native Plant Sale, which opens at 11:30 a.m. for workshop attendees, will feature many hard-to-find natives. From 12:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. the plant sale will be free and open to the public as well as attendees. Visit the book sale, exhibits, and booths. In addition, there will be raffles, door prizes, refreshments, and lunch. Fee: $30 per person ($25 for NPSOT members). Preregistration on or before September 1, 2008 is required. Registration form, flyer, and more information can be found at Sponsored by NPSOT-H, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, and the University of Houston, the proceeds of this NPSOT-H fundraiser will be used for school habitats, grants, and education.

Houston: The Harris County Master Gardeners at Precinct 2 are accepting applications for Master Gardener Certification Training Classes. Classes will be held at The Precinct 2 Road Camp, 1202 Genoa Red Bluff, Houston, from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning September 16 and continuing through October 28. For additional information, visit

Sugar Land: On Tuesday, September 16, the Sugar Land Garden Club will host Heidi Sheesley, owner of TreeSearch Farms, presenting "A Palette of Color for Fall Gardening," a program on plants that are well suited to our local climate and soils. All of the plants covered in the program will be available at the sale on September 20th (see below). Anyone with an interest in gardening and horticulture is invited to attend the program. Refreshments start at 9:30 a.m. and the program begins at 10 a.m. at the Sugar Land Community Center, 226 Matlage Way, Sugar Land.

Houston: Harris County Master Gardeners are now accepting applications for Texas Master Gardener Certification Training Classes to be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 16-October 28, 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Harris County Master Gardeners, Precinct 2 Road Camp, 1202 Genoa Red Bluff, Houston. In addition to attending classes, volunteer hours are required for certification as a Harris County Texas Master Gardener. The registration deadline is September 15 and there is a fee of $150. For more information, please call (281) 855-5600or visit

Austin: The Travis County Master Gardeners Association, a volunteer arm of the Travis County AgriLife Extension Service, will present Vegetables for Cooler Times, a free seasonal seminar that will cover multiple topics pertinent to fall gardening activities from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 17, Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin. In spite of the heat, it is time to be in the vegetable garden. "Fall Vegetable Gardening" by Patty Leander, a regular contributor to Texas Gardener, will include the basics of vegetable gardening with the emphasis on plants and varieties that flourish in the fall and winter months. Leaves, leaves everywhere! Don’t rake, bag and send it to the landfill. Learn how to convert leaves and other material into plant food. It is called compost. Plants adore it. Learn how to make this magic act happen. Thought only Yankees could grow rhubarb? Wrong! With a little thinking outside the box, you can grow rhubarb and strawberries, too, right in your own backyard. Learn how these two favorites can be successfully in Central Texas. A Plant Clinic will be held during the entire seminar. Bring your diseased/bug eaten plant, roots and all, in a plastic bag. Gain knowledge from expert Master Gardeners on action you can take to remedy the situation. The seminar is free. No reservations will be taken. For more information, call (512) 854-9600 and ask for the Master Gardeners desk or visit

Tomball: The Arbor Gate will host Coffee With Randy, An informal visit with KTRH’s Gardenline host, Thursday, September 18, from 10 a.m. until noon. GardenLine is where Houston’s Gardeners listen for expert advice on everything from aphids to zoysias. Randy is a Texas Aggie with a wealth of knowledge about gardening in Houston. For more information, call (281) 351-8851 or visit

Sugar Land: The Sugar Land Garden Club will host the 10th annual Garden Art and Plant Sale on Saturday, September 20 from 8:30 a.m. until 1 the Sugar Lakes Clubhouse, 930 Sugar Lakes Drive, Sugar Land. The sale will feature a number of new varieties of perennials and Texas Native plants (as well as many old favorites) from TreeSearch Farms. In addition, there will be seeds from member’s gardens, metal work, and a selection of garden art by talented local artists. Visit to preview some of the items that will be available at the sale. Proceeds from this and other Sugar Land Garden Club fundraisers are used within the community for the club’s scholarship grants and other programs.

Edna: The Jackson County Master Gardeners will have a Fall Plant Sale on Saturday, September 20, beginning at 8 a.m. in the Jackson County Services Building Auditorium, 411 N. Wells, Edna. Admission is free and open to the public. A variety of shrubs, flowering trees, vines and garden accessories will be on sale.

Tomball: The Arbor Gate will host NEW! Insects-Good Guys or Bad Guys?, led by Dee Howell, Houston Parks Department, Saturday, September 20, at 10 a.m. Believe it or not most insects are good guys. Dee will help you tell which is which and how to achieve a balance in your yard and garden. She will focus on using particular plants to attract beneficial insects. For more information, call (281) 351-8851 or visit

Seabrook: Drop in on Harris County Master Gardeners Saturday, September 27 from 9 a.m. until noon for a "Fall Garden Expo" featuring free garden lectures and information booths combined with a sale of fruit trees, herbs, Earth Kind roses and fall vegetables. Information booths include: Herbs, Landscape Design, Ask a Master Gardener, Compost and Healthy Soil, Rainwater Harvesting, Tree and Shrub Care, Earth Kind Roses, Fire Ants and Insect Pests, and Micro-Irrigation. Landolt Pavilion at Clear Lake Park, 5001 NASA Road 1, Seabrook. For more information, call (281) 855-5600 or visit

The Woodlands: Discover the hottest trends in landscaping—habitat gardening, rainwater harvesting and organic methods—at Woodlands Landscaping Solutions on Saturday, September 27 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The free, hands-on, how-to event offers sage tips for yard and garden with booths, demonstrations, pond and garden tours and a plant sale. Explore container gardening, learn design tips and get the dirt on composting. Purchase native perennials, vines, shrubs and understory trees from Diane Cabiness’s Native Plant Nursery and The Pineywoods Nursery. Rose Rustler’s will offer vintage roses for $10 a piece, and Montgomery County Herb Gardeners will spice things up with herbs for woodland gardens. Ceramics from Colored Umbrella Pottery, organic products and garden gifts also for sale. Free event hosted by Community Associations of The Woodlands at 8203 Millennium Forest Dr., The Woodlands. For more information, call (281) 210-3900 or visit

Rockport: The Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardener Association will hold a "Fall Plant Sale" Saturday, September 27, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Green Acres, 611 East Mimosa Street at Pearl Street, Rockport. Purchase those much-wanted plants that you have been wanting to buy and can't find anywhere. Be sure to take the time to wander through the demonstration gardens at Green Acres which are continuously being updated and maintained by the Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardener Association. This event is open to the public. For additional information, contact The Texas AgriLife Extension Service at (361) 790-0103.

Bryan: The Brazos County Master Gardener Association will hold a Fall Pant Sale at the Brazos County Extension Office, 2619 Highway 21 West, Bryan from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, September 27.The sale will include a wide selection of unusual and unique plants guaranteed to grow in Brazos County. Choice Heirloom and Pass-along plants from the gardens of local Master Gardeners will also be available for purchase. For additional information, call (979) 823-0129 or e-mail

Lewisville: The Denton County Master Gardeners' 2008 Garden InfoFest will be held Saturday, October 4, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Upper Trinity Regional Water District, 900 North Kealy Ave., Lewisville. Events include expert garden speakers, gardening demonstrations, Ask a Master Gardener booth, children's activities, garden shopping, silent auction, plant sale, door prizes and a garden tour. For additional information, call (940) 349-2883 or visit

Tyler: The Smith County Master Gardener Association, a volunteer program of Texas AgriLife Extension Service, will sponsor its annual Fall Gardening Conference at Marvin United Methodist Church in Tyler on Saturday, October 11, from 8:30 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. A bulb sale following the conference at Harvey Convention Center will offer thousands of bulbs to the public with many varieties not often found in local nurseries. During the exposition, local Master Gardeners will provide a help-desk to answer gardening questions and perform demonstrations of proper bulb planting techniques, division of perennials, and planting of bare root roses. This conference and plant sale have continued to grow in popularity each succeeding year with attendees coming from as far as South Central Texas up to the Red River in the north and as far east as Louisiana. The conference is free and open to the public. Conference presentations by two recognized horticulture experts will provide useful insight and information about gardening in our region. Dr. William Welch, Professor and Landscape Horticulturist with the Department of Horticultural Sciences at Texas A&M University, will discuss gardening using perennials that thrive in the area and come back year after year. Chris Wiesinger, known as "the Bulb Hunter," is the owner of the Southern Bulb Company, a flower bulb farm in East Texas that offers heirloom perennial flower bulbs for warm climates. Chris regularly travels the back roads of Texas to rescue heirloom bulbs forgotten or destined for extinction due to developments and highway expansion. For additional information, call Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Smith County at (903) 590-2980.

Fredericksburg: Texas Gourd Society will present the 13th annual "Lone Star Gourd Festival" at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds October 18 and 19. There will be door prizes, raffles, classes, demonstrations and an opportunity to meet Bill Decker, 2008 TGS Artist of the Year, and Bonnie Gibson, nationally-known author and artist. The show is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 and free to children under 12. For additional information, call (806) 523-9092 or visit

Austin: Plant and Insect Photography for Beginners class will be taught by Sam Myers, a Master Gardener and experienced photographer, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., Wednesday, October 22 at Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin. The class will concentrate on developing the ability to take sharp, colorful photos with impact. There will be an overview of cameras, both film and digital. Discussion will include how lighting, focal length and aperture interact in composing photographs and how to use your camera's programs (landscape, portrait, etc.) effectively. Guidelines of composition will be covered along with "posing" plants and insects for best visual presentation. Prerequisite: study the owner's manual on your camera. Bring your camera for some practical exercises. Class size is limited. Reservation required: or (512) 804-2257. The class is sponsored by the Travis County Master Gardener Association in partnership with the AgriLife Extension, Travis County. For more information call (512) 854-9600 and ask for the Master Gardener's desk.


Kilgore: Northeast Texas Organic Gardeners meets at 10 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Wildwood Eco-Farm in Kilgore. For more information, call Carole Ramke at (903) 986-9475.

Allen: The Allen Garden Club meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the little blue-gray house located at 102 N. Allen Dr., Allen. For more information, visit

Austin: Austin Organic Gardeners meet at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin. For more information, visit

Schertz: The Guadalupe County (Schertz/Seguin) Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Guadalupe County Annex, 1101 Elbel Road, Shertz. A plant exchange and meet-and-greet begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by a program at 7. For additional information or an application to join NPSOT, contact

Friendswood: The second Tuesday of each month the Harris County Precinct 2 Master Gardeners hold a free evening educational program for the public, called the Green Thumb Series, at Southeast Church of Christ, 2400 W Bay Area Blvd., Friendswood, about 1 mile west of I-45 and Baybrook Mall. For more information visit or call (281) 991-8437.

Rockport: The Rockport Herb & Rose Study Group, founded in March 2003, meets the second Wednesday of each month, with the exceptions of June and July, to discuss all aspects of using and growing herbs, including historical uses and tips for successful propagation and cultivation, meets at 619 N. Live Oak Street, Room 14, Rockport at 10 a.m. Sometimes they take field trips and have cooking demonstrations in different locations. For more information, contact Linda (361) 729-6037, Ruth (361) 729-8923 or Cindy (979) 562-2153 or visit

San Antonio: The San Antonio Herb Society meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels (corner of Funston & N. New Braunfels). For more information on programs, visit

Dallas: The Rainbow Garden Club of North Texas meets the second Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Meetings are held at member's homes and garden centers around the area. For more information, visit

Sugar Land: The Sugar Land Garden Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month, September through November and January through April at 10 a.m. at the Sugar Land Community Center, 226 Matlage Way, Sugar Land. The club hosts a different speaker each month. For more information, visit

Denton: The Denton Organic Society, a group devoted to sharing information and educating the public regarding organic principles, meets the third Wednesday of each month (except July, August and December) at the Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Avenue. Meetings are free and open to the public. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are preceded by a social at 6:30. For more information, call (940) 382-8551.

Houston: The Native Plant Society of Texas — Houston (NPSOT-H) meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month except for October (4th Thursday) and December (2nd Thursday). Location varies. For locations, for more information on programs, and for information about native plants for Houston, visit

Rosenberg: The Fort Bend Master Gardeners meet at 7:15 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month except December at the Bud O'Shieles Community Center located at 1330 Band Road, Rosenberg. For more information, call (281) 341-7068 or visit

Seguin: The Guadalupe County Master Gardeners meets the third Thursday of each month at the Texas AgriLife Extension Bldg. at 210 E. Live Oak at 7 p.m. For more information, phone (830) 379-1972 or visit

Longview: The Northeast Texas chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets the third Thursday of each month at St. Mary's Parish Hall in Longview. For more information, call Logan Damewood at (903) 295-1984.

Edna: The Jackson County Master Gardeners present their "Come Grown With Us" seminars on the fourth Tuesday of each month, January through October, beginning at 7 p.m. at 411 N. Wells, Edna. The seminars are free, open to the public and offer 2 CEU hours to Master Gardeners or others requiring them. For additional information, contact the Jackson County Extension Office at (361) 782-3312.

Fort Worth: The Organic Garden Club of Forth Worth meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month except July and December at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens main building. Refreshments are served. For more information, call (817) 274-8460.

Seabrook: The Harris County Precinct 2 Master Gardeners hold an educational program at 10 a.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month at The Meeting Room (on the Lakeside) at Clear Lake Park, 5001 NASA Road 1, Seabrook. The programs are free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Dallas: The Dallas Organic Garden Club meets at 6:45 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Fretz Park Recreation Center, located at the corner of Hillcrest and Beltline Road in Dallas. For more information, call (214) 824-2448 or visit

Arlington: The Arlington Organic Garden Club meets from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month (except November and December) at the Bob Duncan Center, 2800 S. Center Street, Arlington. For more information, contact David at (817) 483-7746.

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