LBJ Botanical Garden – Yard Care

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Lady Bird Johnson was not just our First Lady at one time but a true visionary and a serious environmentalist who inspired positive change in the world that we live. Her vision was to make the world a better place to live simply by making it more beautiful one plant at a time. And, she founded the University of Texas Lady Bird Johnson Botanical Garden Wildflower Center to do just that. She firmly believed that plants and wildflowers have the ability to lift people’s spirits and that the conservation of all of them was critical to our future.

Did you know that there were 200 environmentally related laws passed in the course of the Johnson Administration and that Lady Bird Johnson influenced many of them? She spent her life working tirelessly to promote the preservation of the environment and especially wild landscapes. In fact, the 1965 Highway Beautification Act, the Wilderness Act of 1964, the Wild and Scenic Rivers Program, and the Land and Water Conservation Fund, as well as numerous National Park system additions were the work of the late great Mrs. Johnson.

And now, in addition to all of the lucky visitors to the amazing botanical center, anyone can benefit from Mrs. Johnson’s dedication via the University of Texas Lady Bird Johnson Botanical Garden website. This is the place for viewing some of the most amazing close-up pics of wildflowers available today, as well as learning about the many species and how to incorporate them into your own gardens.

Yard Care Research

The UT Lady Bird Johnson Botanical Garden website offers many trusted subjects related to lawn maintenance and gardening that have been influenced by Mrs. Johnson’s passion for the environment. Some of the best yard care related research includes the following:

Plant Search

Finding specific plants is easy with this Native Plants Database. It covers native plants from all over the country. You can search for them by their common name, their scientific name, or by choosing a specific family of plants. And, you can also just click and enter for all kinds of plants from the recommended species lists, or perform a combination search.

Search Plants By State

Looking for a specific plant that is indigenous to your home state or investigating a lawn weed and weed control options? No problem. This link can help you to do just that, and it’s user-friendly for your convenience. You can select a state or province from the list and then narrow your search by soil moisture and/or light requirements, height, bloom characteristics, bloom time, lifespan, and leaf arrangement and/or characteristics.

Image Gallery

A picture is worth a thousand words, and this image gallery is just more proof of that fact. You have the ability for browsing the monthly “in Bloom” plants, taking a look at photographers’ special collections of their works, or utilizing the search bar for locating specific images. Thumbnails link to bigger versions and in-depth information about wildflowers pictured there.

Threatened & Endangered Plant Species

You’ve probably heard of endangered species among animals but did you know that there are threatened & endangered plant species as well? This page tells all about them as reported by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, which enforces the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by taking the lead in conserving and recovering the imperiled species of our nation. This is a great resource for lawn services interested in plant conservation.

Native Plant Propagation Database

It’s good to know that there is a Native Plant Network that shares information about propagating native plants from all over North America. And, the info on these printer-friendly pages is accessible by searching the species list, the image list, or the list for mobiles with QR tags. You can also search by common or scientific names for your convenience.

Plant, Lawn, & Garden How To’s

What could be better than trusted how-to-guides for increasing your lawn care and gardening knowledge and skills? This page provides plenty of pro tips from turf care and gardening experts. From tallgrass prairies to wildflower meadows, you can learn how to recreate these amazing garden looks for your own yard. And, if you have any questions, you can just ask Mr. Smarty Plants! How clever is that?

Landscape Topics Blog

The Landscapes Category Archive at the University of Texas Lady Bird Johnson Botanical Garden website is a treasure trove of fascinating blogs about all things landscape-oriented. From the “On the Woodland Trail” blog with amazing pictures to the “On the Savanna Meadow Trail” with some uplifting poetry thrown in, every blog is a true inspiration.

So, now that you’ve seen some of what this website can offer, you can gain a better understanding of the plants in your garden or what to plant to make it better and more beautiful. And, even after all of this in-depth plant info, you still need a hand, just give your local lawn care service a call for their expert assistance on having a perfect, weed-free, green lawn that only turf care professionals using commercial grade lawn treatment programs can offer.