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24 Creating a landscape made of native plants, like this one designed by Home & Habitat, provides a lush look as well as ample habitat for wildlife, such as beautiful birds and beneficial pollinators. These plants require less watering and little nurturing to thrive in Houston’s climate.

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8 Editor’s Note 14 Calendar & After: Sense of Style 18 Before Smart solutions modernize a dated kitchen without busting the budget

Tree Care 64 Project: Expert advice on how to save, remove

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Landscape Renewal

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The History of New Home

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a collective ache for the masses of trees that have been lost in our parks, preserves and other green spaces. Recovering from the loss of trees requires considerable effort. We asked Trees for Houston’s Executive Director, Barry J. Ward, to share his expert advice on ensuring the welfare of trees. Read our Q & A piece with Mr. Ward to learn the essentials of tree care. Finally, just days before this issue went to press, Houston House & Home’s former editor Linda Barth died after a long battle with cancer. Linda served as editor of this magazine from 2002 until early 2010, when she became too ill to work. Her enthusiasm for life flowed into everyone around her. Her passing leaves a hole in our hearts the size of a 200-year-old Live Oak. Linda’s contagious passion for art, architecture, design, history, cooking and humor lives on in all of us here at the magazine and in the hearts of those who had the good fortune of knowing her. Hope to see you in the garden, Sandra Cook Editor scook@houseandhomeonline.com Follow us on Facebook & Twitter @househomemag

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One-of-a-kind finds at the Houston Modern Market, Feb. 24-28.

HOME SHOWS Discover hundreds of experts, products and services all under one roof at the Texas Home & Garden Show at Reliant Center, happening Feb. 10-12. This marks the 26th year for the annual event. Peruse the thousands of project ideas for home decor, remodeling and new construction, gardening and landscaping, outdoor living, pools and spas. Information: www.texashomeandgarden.com. The 5th Annual Cy-Fair Home & Garden Show takes place Feb. 2526 at the Berry Center. The show features an exciting lineup of industry-expert speakers and more than 200 vendors, all showcasing new products and the latest ideas to spruce up your home’s indoor and outdoor spaces. The event also includes a farmers market and recycling station, offering electronics recycling and paper shredding. Information: www.cyfairhomeandgarden.com.

ART & ANTIQUES EVENTS The Urban Market Houston Antique Show returns Feb. 11-12, but has re- located to the Bayou City Event Center. Saturday features a special preview event that includes drinks and hors d'oeuvres from 4 to 6 p.m. Tickets for the allday Sunday sale are just $5 (free for kids) with vendors open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The market takes place at 9401 Knight Road, just south of Loop 610 near Almeda. Be sure to bring cash and measurements from home. Food and drink are available all day Sunday. Information: www.theurbanmarkethouston.com. 14

Houston Antiques Dealers Association hosts its spring show March 2-4 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. America’s oldest association of antiques dealers (established in 1964), HADA continues its tradition that gives back to the Houston community, with a portion of the proceeds donated to area charities. Shop the approximately 150 national and international exhibitor booths with merchandise from around the world. Discover extraordinary treasures from museum-worthy furniture to objects of arts. Information: www.hadaantiques.com

ARCHITECTURE EVENTS Innovative and earth-minded builder Dan Phillips of The Phoenix Commotion gives the talk, "Beyond the Box" on Feb. 21 at Rico’s Grill in The Woodlands. The Phoenix Commotion is a building initiative created to prove that constructing homes with recycled and salvaged materials has a viable place in the building industry. The group’s projects in Huntsville are often wildly creative, unconventional houses for single parents, artists, and low-income families who otherwise wouldn’t be able to own a home.

The free event includes a networking session at 6 p.m., followed by the speaker at 7 p.m. Sponsors include The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N, USGBC Piney Woods, Northwoods Green, and the Houston Advanced Research Center. Rico’s Grill is located at 314 Sawdust Road, The Woodlands. Information: 281.681.8166, donnamosher@me.com. Downtown’s Architecture Center Houston (ArCH) features Houston 20/20 Visions: Ten Years to Clarity through Feb. 24. The exhibit depicts what Houstonians consider the most critical issues challenging our city today and their ideas to solve them. This exhibition coincides with the ongoing blog tenyearstoclarity.org, that presents these visions from Houston citizens. ArCH is located at 315 Capitol, Suite 120 on the corner of Bagby and Capitol. Parking is available in the Hobby Center parking garage located across the street. The gallery is open Monday-Thursday 9 to 5 and Friday 9 to 3. ArCH exhibitions are free and open to the public. Information: www.aiahouston.org

CLASSES The Houston Modern Market happens Feb. 24-26 at Winter Street Studios. This dynamic market event features vintage and contemporary modern fine art, furniture, jewelry, objects, design, and architecture. Expect top quality and variety from the more than 80 vendors and artists. A portion of Proceeds to benefit Houston Mod, Preserving our Modern Legacy. Winter Street Studios is located at 2101 Winter Street, off Sawyer Street and Washington Avenue. Information: www.houstonmodernmarket.com, 281.463.8300.

Gardeners looking for knowledge and ideas will always find an impressive variety of classes at The Arbor Gate. Gaye Hammond leads a class on Rose Pruning Feb. 18, offering expert advice on the how, when and where to prune. On Feb. 25, experts Tom LeRoy and Bill Adams teach a fun and informative class on Vegetable Gardening. Information: 281.351.8851 or www.arborgate.com. Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, features a workshop on Planting a Hummingbird Feeder Hanging Basket on Feb 26. Our recent cycles of freezes and droughts have reduced natural nectar sources. Learn how to grow a dozen different native plants whose flowers provide nectar for the thirsty Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Plants profiled by the instructor will include several species appropriate for a hanging basket. Participants get to prepare and take home a hummingbird feeder hanging basket. Cost is $45 for members; $55 for non-members. Information: 713.681.8433, www.HoustonArboretum.org.

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When Kristina and Cregg called me, their basic builder kitchen was large, but dated. They were stuck and did not know how to proceed. Mismatched appliances and metals, non-existent cabinet hardware or under cabinet lighting, busy wallpaper, clutter, laminate countertops and a traffic-blocking overhang at the end of the island were spoiling this kitchen’s potential. The protruding book bags were limiting the door from fully opening. TIP: When a table and chairs are inches away from barstools, it makes sense to increase traffic flow by eliminating an island overhang.

They removed the wallpaper with a www.HomeDepot.com Dif gel spray kit that contained scoring tools. They saved money by buying cut-to-order stock 2” blinds from Lowe’s. Most other materials came from big box stores. “We liked the idea of a ‘drop zone’ for the kids and to limit the repeated drywall damage from book bags, dog leashes, umbrellas and jackets, but the

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since they did not want to replace the cabinets or the floor, both of which contained a lot of red and brown. They chose textured Ralph Lauren River Rock paint in Chalk (RR53) purchased from Texas Paint Supply. They applied three coats to get the desired coverage. TIP: One way to cool down a too-red/orange tile floor and cabinets is with green walls and neutral countertops, which softens the intensity of the red tones.

AFTER: The couple removed the wallpaper themselves and painted walls, bought a new cook top and fridge, reused cabinets and floor tile, added hardware, granite countertops and removed the island overhang. BEFORE: Busy wallpaper, clutter, mismatched appliances and metals and laminate countertops with traffic-blocking island overhang were spoiling this kitchen’s potential.

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Since they tend to over-research and ponder decisions, when I said, “just commit” to black appliances and brushed nickel hardware, they were suddenly unstuck from their dilemma. I suggested keeping the existing beige backsplash tile to avoid competing with the busy natural granite. “You provided us with a trusted baseline of comparison which helped us move forward instead of getting stuck with endless research,” Cregg explained. The couple then discovered how poorly the original backsplash tile was installed, so they tore out the old tile and replaced it with a similar tile from DalTile, but also installed a band of decorative rope trim tile to separate the additional running bond (brick) pattern below it to add interest to the desk area. TIP: When you update your kitchen, little things can suddenly look tired.

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The couple repaired flaws in the wood stain, repainted A/C vents, installed new brushed nickel doorstops and a new thumb-turn bolt on the dining room door to keep the dog out of their formal living room.

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After lowering the sink drain, they were inspired to repair the plumbing beneath the new deeper Kohler under-counter white sink, installing a separate trap for the new InSinkErator 3/4 horsepower garbage disposal. They also installed a Whirlpool reverse osmosis under-sink water filtration system from Lowe’s. All of these little changes add up to a much more functional and beautiful kitchen and the couple made no costly mistakes. “The painted walls and neutral granite are warm and inviting and are the perfect counterpoint to the DalTile Almond tile backsplash from Home Depot. The granite is a contrast to everything else, both browner and more substantial, which makes the whole kitchen feel sturdier and of better quality,” Kristina explained. “We just love our kitchen,” she added.

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A perennial garden with low stone wall and rustic gate features Angelonia and Pentas.

WEATHER EXTREMES FROM EXTENDED FREEZES TO THAT DASTARDLY DROUGHT HAVE REDEFINED LANDSCAPE STRATEGIES IN THE HOUSTON AREA S TO RY B Y S A N D R A C O O K • P H O TO S B Y H O M E & H A B I TAT

It seems Mother Nature has been trying to tell us something. Perhaps that message is “mother knows best.” For decades, many traditional lawns and landscapes in this area were designed to be watered frequently, and historically, rainfall averages have provided much of that irrigation. For decades we have consistently received enough rainfall to support a rainbow of tropical plants and acres of St. Augustine. According to the National Climatic Data Center, from 1970 to 2000 our average annual rainfall was almost 50 inches per year, with anywhere from 3 to 5 inches of rain each and every month. But 2011’s rainfall was less than half of what our landscapes are used to. Preliminary estimates reveal the total annual rainfall was around just 21 inches, with at least four months recording less than one inch of rain. BEYOND THE DROUGHT

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ABOVE: River birch trees and native Virginia Sweetspire provide a natural sense of serenity. LEFT: A shrub and perennial garden provides resilient beauty.

So what’s a garden-loving Houstonian to do? How do homeowners prepare their yards and choose plants that can endure these weather extremes? “The last two years have been ungodly,” says Tim Turner of Windswept Landscape Studios. “Between the extended freezes and the brutal drought, the weather conditions have significantly changed what we can expect to survive.” “Our recent weather extremes have redefined what makes a plant Houston hardy,” says Janet Ireland, the longtime creative force behind Home & Habitat, a landscaping company that specializes in Houston hardy landscapes. “Even after determining what plants made it through the drought and the freezes (perhaps dying back, then returning), we still have a wide plant palette to work with.” Turner says he has reassessed the once-reliable list of perennials he has relied on for years. “Basically, we’ve been looking at what survived 2011’s exceptional drought,” says Turner. “Even some natives did not make it through, because of variables, such as surrounding shade, soil type and mulch coverage. We are now using a plant palette that can take extreme heat, little water and hard freezes.”

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Ireland named her business Home & Habitat, because she was motivated to create landscapes that bring natural habitat to urban wildlife. “Our design team focuses more on the plants than the hardscape.” She also says clients are often looking to provide a diverse array of plants for wildlife habitat. Ireland points out that fruit trees, vegetables and herbs make wonderful additions to a residential landscape. “Those are especially great for families,” says Ireland. “It’s so great for kids to learn how their food grows and the role that nature plays.” Turner insists that designing a landscape that is appropriate to your home’s architecture and surrounding neighborhood is essential. “Even with our revised palette of plants, we can still create residential landscapes that are functional, aesthetic and regionally expressive down to the neighborhood,” says Turner.

Installing a sprinkler system or drip irrigation system ups the potential for a resilient landscape, but watering systems must be monitored to work efficiently and avoid waste. Ireland says making this investment greatly increases the variety of plant material than can thrive in your landscape. “If you have an existing sprinkler system and are reworking your beds, then you will need to modify the water supply to those beds, really analyzing what the plants need,” says Ireland. “The drought of 2011 was a water supply reality check,” warns Turner. “We are re-thinking sprinkler systems to minimize waste and runoff.” If your home has a roof, then your yard can benefit from a rain barrel or two. There are numerous attractive options and many barrels can be camouflaged. It’s a great option to work into your landscape, considering a rain barrel

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under a downspout can capture up to 55 gallons of water during a good rain. Barrels and barrel kits can be purchased online or at local stores. Many plant nurseries and nature centers offer workshops where you can make your rain barrel. DIG IN

Ireland stresses that soil is the foundation that plants grow from. “When you put organic matter, such as compost and organic fertilizer, into the soil it helps plants retain water,” says Ireland. “Investing in the soil can give plants a big advantage. It’s important to do this before planting, but you can add compost and mulch to existing trees and beds.” LANDSCAPER ’ S WISDOM

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Winter is a great time to plant new beds and trees. “We are planting in fall and winter to help plants establish roots before the spring and summer heat and dry conditions set in,” says Turner. He also recommends more conservative pruning during drought conditions to avoid additional, unnecessary stress on trees and large shrubs. Ireland and her team use their expertise to steer clients towards successful choices. “Homeowners can rely on an experienced landscaper—who offers a warranty—to determine and properly implement a thriving landscape,” says Ireland. “The Internet is good for ideas, but the Internet can be very confusing, because the information you find there is not always related to the Houston climate.”

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PLANTS THAT CAN HANDLE A TYPICAL HOUSTON DRY SPELL TREES

Live oaks Red buds Red oaks Texas Mountain Laurel See also “Tree Care”, p. 64. PLANTS

Carissa holly with Rudbeckia

(Australian) Bottle Brush American fringe tree – alt. to red bud or Japanese Magnolia, has interesting leaves American ligustrum – does well for a small ornamental tree, but can be short-lived Azaleas – reliable evergreen shrub, does need regular watering/irrigation Burgundy loropetalum – attractive shrurb with purple-green leaves, blooms bright magenta fringe-like flowers spring and fall Dwarf palmetto Ginger – typically does well. Dies back after freeze, but recovers nicely Holly Eagleston (e. palaca) Lantana Nandina (keep pruned) Palms – dwarf sabal palm can take low teens to high heat Pendo Palm – feathery fronds Sabal Texana Viburnum Sadankwa – a Japanese native, tough, durable hedge, good background plant Virginia Sweetspire – large drought tolerant, blooming shrub that also tolerates moist conditions Yaupon – can be formal or informal, great alternative to ligustrum or crape myrtle GRASSES

Bermuda – more native & natural, requires frequent mowing Muhly grass Stipa GROUND COVERS

Angelonia – can take heat and sun, purple flower spikes give it the nickname “Summer Snapdragon” Dwarf mondo – reliable ground cover with drip irrigation in place Lantana Portulaca – can take heat and sun Regular mondo grass in shade Rosemary – extremely hardy through heat and cold, lavender flowers Sandi-leaf fig (ficus sp.) – seen at Bayou Bend, sun to part shade, will bounce back after freeze Tiny dwarf palmettos Sedum Drought-tolerant Aloe Vera in bloom. 30

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POOLFECTION PATIO POOLS 1107 PORT ARTHUR & BEAUMONT CVB'S 217 PREMIER CHIROPRACTIC 253 PREVENTIVE PEST CONTROL 734 PYRAMIDS PHARMACY 635 QUICK N BRITE 811 REBATH OF HARRIS COUNTY 559 REDMAN POOLS 711 REMODELING MAX 229 RENAISSANCE WINDOWS & DOORS 623 RENEWAL BY ANDERSEN 931 RHINO SHIELD 730 RICK'S FRONT DOOR REFINISHING 820 ROCK-CRETE FOAM INSULATORS 954 ROCKY MOUNTAIN NUT ROASTERS 641 ROLLAC SHUTTER OF TEXAS, INC. 801 ROYAL PRESTIGE 1029 S HOME DECOR 147 SAN ANTONIO CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU 423 SCENTSY 740 SCHILLER GROUNDS CARE, INC 458 SCHLITZBERGER STONE DESIGNS,INC 506 SEARS HOME SERVICES 510 SELECT COMFORT CORP. DBA SLEEP NUMBER 1118 SHOW ME PRODUCTS 1018,311 SILVERLEAF RESORTS-HOU 952,364 SIT MEANS SIT DOG TRAINING 755 SMART RENOVATIONS LLC 340 SOLAR-X WINDOW FILM SYSTEMS 509 SOUTH PADRE ISLANDS CONVENTION & VISITORS CENTER 422 SOUTHEAST TEXAS DAMAGE PREVENTION COUNCIL 164 SOUTHWEST DAIRY FARMERS 116 SPAS UNLIMITED OF HOUSTON 1141 STAMPED ARTISTRY 432 STONE FX INTERNATIONAL 459 STORAGE OVERHEAD SYSTEMS 407

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Great Escapes A Weekend Away is closer than you might think. Start Your Adventure at Grape Creek Ranch. The Grape Creek Ranch is located on the beautiful banks of Grape Creek, just 9 miles from historic Fredericksburg. This serene bed and breakfast features four newly constructed luxury family cabins perfect for a peaceful getaway for family, friends or even corporate retreats. Each morning a fresh breakfast is delivered to your door. Just steps from your cabin enjoy the Grape Creek Trail, tour the historic Lower South Grape School, pick your own peaches in the orchard (seasonal) and enjoy a bonfire under the Hill Country stars.

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The History of a New Home A 2008 home with family connections to a Heights block dating back more than 100 years STORY BY SANDRA COOK • PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAYMOND ALDERETE

A Floors throughout the first level are engineered walnut finished in a distressed chicory color. The series of botanical lithographs in the office were purchased at The Antiquarium, and the light fixture linen wingback chairs and ottoman are from Boxwood Interiors.

A tree-lined boulevard, which initially accommodated a streetcar line, anchors the Historic Houston Heights area, known for its turn-of-the-20th Century charm. Many of the original homes and architecture have survived more than a century of weather extremes and real estate trends, but various lots and blocks have been reinvented and redeveloped as opportunities arose. One of those opportunities came to be in 2008 when the homeowner’s godfather, a longtime Heights resident, sold the vacant lot adjacent to his own historic property to his godson. The lot has long history with the family and had been sold to H-E-B decades ago, when the nearby H-E-B store needed space to maneuver its large delivery trucks. After the H-E-B store

TOP OF PAGE: Many Craftsman touches were worked into the design of this recently built home. The full-front porch, complete with brick pedestals with tapered columns, evokes a Craftsman look, which is complemented by traditional plantings by Strong Landscaping. The home was featured on last December’s holiday home tour in the Heights. OPPOSITE PAGE: The overall look of the living room was created by Brett Duhon from Boxwood Interiors and features several of the homeowners’ collections. The stair wall displays close to 40 landscape paintings, while the mantle hosts an assortment of antique spools. The walls throughout the home are Pittsburgh Paint’s Santa Fe with Linen on the trim. 54

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closed, the godfather purchased the property back from the grocery chain. This transaction opened the door for the godson, a landscaper, and his partner, a downtown professional, to purchase the lot and build their dream home. The couple worked with David Weekley Homes to develop the design and build a two-story, four-bedroom, Craftsman-inspired home. It was the builder’s first custom project in the Heights, a project of their build on your own lot program. “We worked with an architect to customize the house plan,” says one of the owners. “We wanted to incorporate historic Heights touches, such as the Craftsman-style columns with the brick base with tapered column on top. We also added the tin roof on the front porch and the window shutters to the original design.” The resulting two-story home is just over 3,000 square feet with four bedrooms and three and a half baths, plus a garage apartment. This allows plenty of room for the couples frequent guests. RIGHT: The formal dining room dazzles with its iron and rock crystal chandelier from Boxwood Interiors suspended from the coffered white pine ceiling. The table was found at Z Gallerie, and the chairs were recovered and refinished by Joaquin Renteria. The china hutch had belonged to one of the owners’ great grandparents and was redone by Renteria with a milk paint finish. The two paintings are by artist Katy Frost Neil of Galveston. BELOW: The homeowners’ collections include many antique toys and animal figures, as well as paintings by local artists.

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The couple’s previous home had been a three-story townhome in Rice Military. Nowadays, they are glad to be in a traditional, two-story amidst the neighborly atmosphere of the Heights. “We love our neighbors,” says one of the homeowners. “We recently became godparents to the young daughter of one of our neighbors, and since we purchased this lot from my godfather who lives next door, to us, this is a very special block.” It’s clear the couple treasures family connections. Many furnishings in the home are family heirlooms, including several paintings, a rocking chair and a hope chest. The couple also enjoys buying furniture and art while on vacations and shipping it home. To pull together the look of their home, the owners worked with Brett Duhon of Boxwood Interiors to establish décor themes, but admit they have made adjustments to the look after settling in.

BELOW: The back courtyard features a French Quarter look with brick laid in a herringbone pattern, strings of lights overhead and French ironwork hung on the wall (a New Orleans find). Joaquin Renteria made the zinc-topped dining table; the chairs were sourced from Restoration Hardware and Thompson & Hanson.. RIGHT: The homeowners purchased the iron wall art and antique shutters during trips to New Orleans. The wicker furniture is from Smith & Hawken, while a glass-topped antique urn between the chairs functions as a side table.

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Grand Central Kitchen The owners made the kitchen the center of home, as they love to entertain. The generous kitchen functions as the hub of the first floor. The large island handles plenty of food prep, and often serves as a buffet for family-style gatherings. The deep farmhouse sink handles piles of dishes, while the Cambria quartz countertops continue to shine after countless cleanups. The homeowners desired a balanced design for the muchused kitchen. “I like that your eye doesn’t stop in one place, but the space works as a whole,” says one of the owners. And while they have both a formal dining room and a comfortable breakfast area, the couple takes advantage of their outdoor dining room more than any other option. The couples’ two pugs, Samson and Buttercup, were considered with the choice of flooring on the first level. The floors are engineered walnut with a distressed and varied finish to allow for wear. The owners also chose to put sisal on stairs to make it easier for the dogs to get up and down the staircase.

BELOW: Craftsman Joaquin Renteria made the kitchen table with antique barn wood to go with the set of heirloom antique English pub chairs and 19th Century Swedish bench. The chandelier was a wedding gift from one of the homeowner’s grandfather to his grandmother. RIGHT: Cambria quartz countertops in Sussex (on island) and Hyde Park provide resilience and beauty. The roomy farmhouse sink and faucet, both by Kohler, handles heaps of dishes. The off-white subway tile backsplash gets an Italian accent from the decorative tile piece behind cooktop, imported from Florence, Italy. All appliances are GE Monogram.

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A New Classic The homeowners selected neutral colors for the walls and finishes throughout the home. “I was raised with the idea that you decorate with art,” says one of the owners. The use of a timeless, classic foundation both inside and out allows the unique pieces in their collections to stand out, but not overwhelm. “We wanted our home to look decorated, but still feel homey and warm,” says one of the homeowners. “When our friends bring their kids over we don’t have to worry about anything getting broken.”

Resources Builder: David Weekley Custom Homes, 800.758.3238 Landscaper: Strong Landscaping, 832.567.6561 Interior Design: Boxwood Interiors, 713.528.1501 Custom furniture & decorative items: Joaquin Renteria, Fine Finishes & More, 832.277.4521 Outdoor furnishings: Shannon’s Patio, 713.237.6060 Antique prints: The Antiquarium, 713.622.7531

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EXPERT ADVICE ON HOW TO SAVE, REMOVE AND CARE FOR TREES IN YOUR LANDSCAPE River Birch trees with native Virginia Sweetspire. Photo courtesy of Home & Habitat.

Mature trees can provide shade, habitat and an effortless magnificence to a home, neighborhood, even an entire city. Think of the splendid places you visited during travels and here in the Houston area: do you think of trees along great boulevards? Trees at parks and universities? Trees on the grounds of historic homes? Trees of many sizes and shapes grow quite easily all over Houston, that is, provided our area receives its typical amount of rainfall. The past year’s severe drought took a great toll on the tree population across Houston and Texas. How can homeowners determine when a tree is truly dead and what’s the best way to remove a tree? Can a tree look dead, but still come back in the spring or summer? We asked Barry J. Ward, Executive Director of Trees for Houston, these tree-related questions to help readers save existing trees and make smart choices for planting and caring for new trees. Here are his expert responses. 64

1. How can a homeowner or neighborhood volunteer know when a drought-damaged tree cannot be saved?

During the winter, use a small, sharp knife to peel away the outer-most layer of bark. If it is green underneath, then it is still alive. Also, small peripheral branches should be flexible. If they snap, they are dead. The problem with stressed trees is that trees, unlike humans, can be mostly or partially dead. The key is knowing when to give up the fight. 2. Can a tree that looks dead be revived? Are there signs to look for? Steps to take?

Yes, but generally speaking, trees in this condition tend to not look as good even if they do come back. If the majority of, or even a few, primary peripheral branches die, the tree may never regain the classic, species-specific look you want. The key is to water well during the hot, dry months; don’t over-water during the winter. Most of our local varieties can drop leaves once over the course of a summer due to stress

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Landscaper David Morello planted Quercus macrocarpa (Burr Oak) trees along the roadway by his home in the Heights. Photos this page by Acker/Zvonkovic.

and make it back. A second die off will usually be fatal or cause irreversible harm. 3. If a tree cannot be saved, how should Houstonians go about removing dead trees? If hiring professionals, what are questions to ask and practices that should be insisted upon?

Only hire a licensed, bonded arborist. Tree removal can risky for both the worker and surrounding structure. Training in tree care, tree removal, tree climbing, etc., are all part of the licensure and insurance bonding process. This will not guarantee a great job on your tree, but at least you will be starting with a minimum level of competence. Ask yourself, “Will this company make good if they drop a tree through my roof? Will they have insurance if there is an accident with a chain saw or 5 tons of falling lumber?� Accidents are uncommon, but they tend toward the serious/fatal end of the spectrum! 4. Do you know of good resources and options for repurposing trees or limbs debris? Are there local drop-offs for tree waste? Can homeowners have their tree waste converted into mulch?

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Note: This list is not comprehensive, but names large and small trees that survived the historic 2011 drought with very little or no supplemental watering. For a comprehensive list of recommended trees, see texastreeplanting.tamu.edu/viewalltrees.aspx. DROUGHT TOLERANT LARGE NATIVE TREES RECOMMENDED FOR THE HOUSTON AREA

1. Carya illinoenses - Pecan 2. Quercus macrocarpa -Burr Oak 3. Quercus virginiana - Live Oak 4. Taxodium mucronatum - Montezuma Bald Cypress (few or no knees) 5. Ulmus alata - Winged Elm 6. Ulmus crassifolia - Cedar Elm 7. Platamus occidentalis - American Sycamore 8. Juniperus virginiana - Eastern Red Cedar 9. Quercus stellata - Post Oak DROUGHT TOLERANT SMALL NATIVE TREES RECOMMENDED FOR THE HOUSTON AREA

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Root development is the primary concern in caring for your newly planted tree. It is essential to maintain the proper moisture level in the root zone to keep all roots alive and encourage growth. Improper watering will stunt the growth of a tree and eventually kill it. Note: The most common cause of plant loss in the Houston area is improper watering. Symptoms associated with inadequate watering are browning edges of the leaves, wilting and leaf drop. Unfortunately, these are also the symptoms displayed by a tree that is receiving too much water or insufficient oxygen in the root zone to allow the tree to respire and take up the water by the roots. It is best to water your newly planted tree daily, but in moderate amounts. Please refer to the watering table for your tree type and size. Also, keep a 2-inch layer of mulch around the root ball; DO NOT create a mound of mulch stacked up against the tree! The bare branches of Redbud trees sprout tiny purple/pink flowers in early spring, followed by heart-shaped leaves by early summer. Photograph by Mark Ross - Fotolia.com

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Houston House & Home Magazine February 2012 Issue