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For Earth Day 2016, enjoy the great outdoors with a new activity. Here are three unusual, easy, and fun activities to try. Try Stand Up Paddleboarding Stand up paddleboarding is the fastest-growing segment of paddling sports. It is relatively easy...
How great of an impact it has depends on a number of factors such as the outside temperature, humidity, and intensity of the sun. During hot summers, air conditioning use can reduce a conventional vehicle's fuel economy by more than...
The Take Care of Texas/H-E-B partnership is a natural fit because H-E-B makes sustainable practices a part of their daily business. H-E-B believes their work to care for the environment not only makes them better neighbors—it helps them better serve...
There is no law against picking Bluebonnets in Texas, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. However, there are some areas where it is illegal or against the rules. Before you pick any bluebonnets, it is important to note...
Even though parts of Texas have received a lot of rain lately, reservoir levels in South and West Texas are still low. We need to continue to use our resources wisely to protect against future dry spells. Since lawn and...
Learn how to construct a rain barrel and harvest rainwater in our new video. While lawn and garden watering makes up 30 to 50 percent of total household water use during the summer. Collecting rainwater for landscape use not...
These guides will help you save money, conserve water, use less fertilizers and pesticides, and reduce yard waste. Order or download them for FREE! Take Care of Texas Guide to Yard Care is a four page overview of landscape practices...
Now, for the first time, you can purchase an Energy Star-certified clothes dryer . Clothes washers have seen a 70 percent drop in energy use since 1990 but, until now, dryers have largely remained inefficient. Dryers that have earned the...
Take Care of Texas staff just completed their annual updates to the Take Care of Texas tips for Around the House , In the Yard , In the Kitchen , In the Bathroom , and Out and About . The...
How can trees have knees if they don't have bones? The tree with knees is a bald cypress. It lives along rivers and in swamps. Its knees are actually part of its roots, which stick out of the water or...

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