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Have You Adjusted Your Irrigation Controller for Fall?

Have You Adjusted Your Irrigation Controller for Fall?
Essential to all that we do, water is especially important for growing a beautiful, healthy landscape. Proper watering can lengthen… more

Timely Insight from Neil Sperry:  Common Lawn, Shrub, and Tree Problems

Neil Sperry, Texas horticulture expert and radio personality in the Dallas area, offers timely insight in his recent Fort Worth Star-Telegram… more

MasterScapes® Celebrates 25th Anniversary

MasterScapes® celebrates its 25th year in business and commemorates the milestone with an Abilene Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony. … more

Infographic:  5 Features of Outstanding Property Care Professionals

When choosing a lawn and landscape professional for your home or business property care needs, consider five key features for… more

2017 is the Year of the Pansy

2017 is the Year of the Pansy
Pansies are such a friendly-faced flower! But until the 19th century most people considered them a weed. Today, pansies are… more

Landscape Advisors Offer Exceptional Service and Personalized Property Care

Organizational Announcement:  MasterScapes®, a leader in the landscape and property care industry, announced today organizational changes that support their approach… more

The Benefits of Healthy Landscapes

The Benefits of Healthy Landscapes
  American backyards are where toddlers learn to kick a ball, where teenagers play flashlight tag under the glow of… more

April is National Lawn Care Month

April is National Lawn Care Month so it is a great… more

2016 is the Year of the Begonia

2016 is the Year of the Begonia
With over 1,700 different species, Begonias (family Begoniaceae) is the fifth most diverse class of plants.  Begonias are often found… more

Lake Fort Phantom at 100% Capacity

Lake Fort Phantom at 100% Capacity
Great news for Abilene!  Recent rainfalls have filled Lake Fort Phantom to its capacity, levels not seen since 2007.  According… more

Watering Restrictions Eased to Stage 1

The City of Abilene is moving to Stage 1 – Water Alert in the Water Conservation Plan. Outdoor watering for… more

MasterScapes® acquires Weed Patrol

Effective February 2, 2015 Weed Patrol clients will be serviced by MasterScapes®.  “We accepted this offer so that his clients would… more

2015 is the Year of the Coleus

2015 is the Year of the Coleus
With the continued emphasis on foliage in our gardens, the wide and exciting range of coleus varieties available should nicely… more

3 Brilliant Studies Support Smart Irrigation Controllers

These three studies supporting evapotranspiration (ET) based smart irrigation controllers were from over 100 education sessions at the most… more

New Study Confirms that Landscaping is a Wise Investment

WOODBURY, N.J.- According to a recent survey from Houzz, more than half of U.S. homeowners plan to remodel within… more

Black Diamond in the Rough: New Crape Myrtles in Big Demand

Plant varieties with black foliage are hot right now, but they are far and few between. The newest arrival… more

Timely Advice from Neil Sperry

Neil Sperry, Texas horticulture expert and radio personality in the Dallas area, offers some great timely advice in his… more

2014 Year of the Petunia

2014 Year of the Petunia
What’s not to like about petunias? These incredibly versatile plants come in an abundance of sensationally bold colors, are widely… more

The Rising Cost of Water

The Rising Cost of Water
H2O rates continue to swell. Here's a look at where the problem is escalating, what's driving the costs, and… more

Results from the Rose Hills Rose Trials

Results from the Rose Hills Rose Trials
by Paul Zimmerman (to visit Paul Zimmerman's rose blog, click here) International Rose Trials are a… more

New Shade Tolerant Bermuda Grass

New Shade Tolerant Bermuda Grass
Finally, a Bermuda grass that performs as well or better than St. Augustine in shade!  Developed By Dr. Wayne… more

Sweetwater Office Opens

Sweetwater Office Opens
The Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce officially welcomed MasterScapes® to the community today with a ribbon cutting by the Redcoats.… more

The History of the Shamrock

The History of the Shamrock
Full of symbolism, this plant has mystical roots. Shamrocks have been symbolic of many things over the years.… more

USDA Unveils New Plant Hardiness Zone Map

USDA Unveils New Plant Hardiness Zone Map
WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2012--The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released the new version of its Plant Hardiness Zone… more

Is a “Garden” the World’s Greatest New Artwork?

Is a “Garden” the World’s Greatest New Artwork?
What’s the best new work of art in the world? Good question. The most interesting and mind-bending new artwork… more

Drought and Turfgrass Breeding Trials

Drought and Turfgrass Breeding Trials
COLLEGE STATION – A green checkerboard at the new Turfgrass Urban Ecology Field Laboratory in College Station is a… more

Client Receives Garden Club Award

Client Receives Garden Club Award
We are honored that a MasterScapes® client recently received the Abilene Garden Club Award for landscape beautification.  This property… more

KR Bluestem Confirmed by Extension Service

KR Bluestem Confirmed by Extension Service
King Ranch (or KR) Bluestem is a perennial grassy weed and its presence in Abilene has been confirmed by… more

Tighter Watering Restrictions

Tighter Watering Restrictions
Residents in Abilene can now water lawns and shrubbery just once a week. This new level – decreased… more

The Earth on Fire

The Earth on Fire
Long before modern science began to understand the processes that create our weather, people made up their own explanations.… more

New Watering Restrictions in Effect

New Watering Restrictions in Effect
Abilene residents are now limited to two days per week to water their lawns.  The new restrictions are effective… more

Accused Auburn tree poisoner indicted

from the Associated Press OPELIKA, Ala. — The Alabama fan accused of poisoning the oak trees at Auburn’s… more

Online Payment now available!

For your convenience, MasterScapes® now accepts debit and credit card payments online.  Through the industry’s leading IP payment gateway… more

The Butterfly Bush

The Butterfly Bush
The Butterfly Bush, commonly known as summer lilac and botanically as Buddleia, is one of my backyard favorites.  Curious… more

Fun with Color

Fun with Color
Brightly colored pots and seasonal flowers are a quick and easy way to add interest to any landscape.  Often,… more

MasterScapes® acquires Abilene Lawn Solutions

Effective February 22, 2011 Abilene Lawn Solutions clients will be serviced by MasterScapes®.  “We reached an agreement so that… more

MasterScapes® celebrates 20th anniversary!

MasterScapes® celebrates 20th anniversary!
Dan Haught, 1995 The new year marks a special time for MasterScapes® - our 20th… more

Recent Local Oak Wilt Confirmation

Recent Local Oak Wilt Confirmation
Another diagnosis of Oak Wilt has been confirmed in the Tanglewood/River Oaks neighborhood in Abilene according to Scott Warren,… more

Blue Cross Blue Shield receives beautification award

Blue Cross Blue Shield receives beautification award
Blue Cross Blue Shield has received the Donna Albus Beautification Award presented by Keep Abilene Beautiful.  This award is… more

Texas Excellence in Landscaping Awards featured project

Texas Excellence in Landscaping Awards featured project
MasterScapes® received Honorable Mention recognition for this project submission to the 2010 Texas Excellence in Landscaping Awards.  This property… more

MasterScapes® acquires Morris Lawn Service

Effective January 8, 2010 Morris Lawn Service became part of MasterScapes®, Inc.  “Tom Morris’ intention to retire gave us… more

MasterScapes® recognized in 2010 Texas Excellence in Landscaping Awards

The Texas Nursery and Landscape Association (TNLA) has announced the 2010 winners of the prestigious Texas Excellence in Landscaping… more

Building Good Bones: Garden Structure

Building Good Bones: Garden Structure
Let’s examine basic garden layout and its structural components - paths and areas of paving, lawns, trees, hedging, pergolas… more

The Allure of Stone

The Allure of Stone
The use of natural stone in a garden adds a sense of timeless permanence and the variety of materials… more

New Water Restrictions

ABILENE, Texas – Starting today, August 4, outdoor lawn watering in the City of Abilene and its wholesale water… more

Plants, Soils, and Water

When water is applied to the soil, it seeps down through the root zone very gradually.  Each layer of… more

July is Smart Irrigation Month

April 14, 2009  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Noreen Rich 703.536.7080 .(JavaScript… more

Best of Abilene Plants

The City of Abilene compiled this outstanding list of water-wise plant recommendations. more

Summer Pools

Summer Pools
Summer time is pool time!  We can design your perfect pool to blend seamlessly into an existing landscape or… more

Warm Weather Color

Warm Weather Color
Summer is here and it’s time for new color!  Take a look at some of our seasonal color selections.… more

Take-All Root Rot

In our continued effort to provide proactive information to our valued clients, we at feel it necessary to communicate… more