Research and Information Links

Research is the systematic investigation into and study of materials and sources in order to establish facts.

 There are many “experts” who publish their information in magazines, books and on the web.  How do you know if the information is based on research; or if it is based on what just works well for the “expert”?

Master Gardeners and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension pride ourselves on only teaching and sharing correct, research-based information to the citizens that we serve.  We recommend the following websites for factual information:


Aggie Horticulture – Aggie Horticulture® provides researched-based gardening and horticultural crop information and news.

EarthKind Landscaping – Earth-Kind® Landscaping gives you research-proven techniques to provide maximum garden and landscape enjoyment while preserving and protecting the environment. Be sure and explore the EarthKind Plant Selector option!


Texas Smartscape – A guide to using native and adapted plants and trees to create landscapes that need less water, pesticides, and fertilizer in the North Central Texas climate.

Texas Super Stars – Highlighted plants with quality and reliability judged to ensure that they will perform exceptionally well for Texas consumers.

Fruit and Nuts – Provides 4 dozen fact sheets written by the expert Fruit Specialists with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.

Turf Grass – Aggie Turf is designed to be a comprehensive site for Texas turf grasses, selection & management considerations, and pest control (weeds, insects, & diseases).


Insects in the City – Whether it’s termites or fire ants, white grubs or aphids…if it’s an insect pest, this site will provide you with the best in science-based, pest management solutions.

Bug Guide – Identification, images, and information for insects, spiders & their kin.


Texas AgriLife Extension Service Bookstore – Hundreds of informational pamphlets are free to download on everything from spiders, insect control and plant problems to recommended practices and growing tips on specific crops.

Neil Sperry – Neil Sperry’s name has been synonymous with Texas Gardening since 1970.  Read his accurate, practical and honest advice on all aspects of gardening.