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Take an afternoon drive through any residential area of town and you’re likely to see at least one line of crepe myrtles with bushy pink, red, purple or white flowers. These eye-catching trees, which bloom best in warm climates, sure seem to love Dallas. And, on the whole, Dallasites love them back. Unfortunately, however, there are some people guilty of what has been termed “crepe murder” – an awful horticultural crime that refers to severely pruning the top portion of each tree. This atrocity, also known as “topping,” tends to have a copycat effect. One homeowner spots another using the technique and pretty soon the whole neighborhood is filled with not-so-attractive knobs. Arborists know that the practice has a detrimental effect not only on the trees’ beauty, but also their health, structural integrity and longevity. While this style of pruning may initially result in larger blooms, the next batch of flowers grows in on thin, [...]

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It’s not out of the ordinary to attend a holiday party and see traditional red-and-green décor or a white winter wonderland theme carried throughout the setting. But more and more people are now “coloring outside the lines” by incorporating pinks, purples, oranges, turquoises and other unexpected hues into their Christmas embellishments. If you, too, want to splash your home with color this holiday season, below are a few design tips and a full slideshow of vibrant wreaths, garlands, stockings and centerpieces. With such bright surroundings, anyone who enters your home a Scrooge is sure to leave with a smile! This shimmery ornament wreath will stun guests from the moment they step on your front porch. First head to the craft store to pick up an inexpensive 22-inch straw wreath and ½ a yard of white felt. Wrap the wreath with 3-inch-wide felt strips, pinning to secure and overlapping the edges. Attach colorful Christmas balls to [...]