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 ourself on only teaching and sharing correct, research based information to the citizens that we serve.  We recommend the following websites for factual information:

START HERE

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!

PLANT SELECTION

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.

INSECTS AND 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.

GENERAL INFORMATION

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.

Dave’s Garden – Dave’s Garden (aka “DG”) is an informational website where a large, international community of gardeners can learn from each other and find resources offered by the gardening industry.

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.