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Open 9 am to 6 pm Mon - Fri
  Saturday 9 to 4  Sun 1-4!

October Christmas Tree Sale

Artificial Christmas Trees are half price!
Come check us out.  You'll see the best selection of trees at the best price!

Reindeer shop Grand Opening
Saturday Nov 1, 9-4 and Sunday Nov 2, 1-4
Refreshments & door prizes
Christmas Trim is 20% OFF!!!
Artificial Christmas Trees are 50% off through the weekend!
Come enjoy a visual experience rarley seen.  No kidding!
Bring your family. Bring a friend. Bring a date!

How to water twice a month and be successful:

I’m just like you: I don’t want to spend any money I don’t need to, and sure don’t want to waste any.  Water has become a precious commodity in West Texas.  Not only is it expensive, we’re told we can only use so much.  There is a way to get much more out of the water and rain that goes on your landscape. 

Having drought resistant plants is a good practice.  These plants are deep rooted.  If you Google grass varieties some will say they have roots as deep as 3 ft.  However, the quality of the soil has more to do with the depth of rooting than the plant variety!  If you can’t get a nail into the soil without a hammer (when it’s dry) then how are water, oxygen, and roots going to get down into it?  Answer: they won’t!  So let’s improve the tilth of the soil, that quality that allows it to crumble in your fingers when it’s wet or dry.  Good top soil is alive with living organisms, so many that in an average yard they would weigh over 1,000 pounds.  These are the guys that give the soil structure.  Diminish their populations and the soil collapses into a brick! 

Example:  In new construction top soil is brought in from some pasture somewhere, spread, and hydromulched with Bermuda.  The homeowner waters with San Angelo water and within weeks the yard looks like Ireland: emerald green!  You can remember driving down residential areas and seeing these new lawns.  After three years these lawns look like all the old ones.  Why?  I think it is because someone salted the pasture dirt.  It was the homeowner!  Week after week they applied San Angelo water with its mineral salts.  Occasionally they would put a chemical fertilizer that is high in specific mineral salts.  The salts build up in the soil to the point of diminishing the microbe populations and all the problems begin.  Water runs off instead of soaking in.  Grass becomes shallow rooted and weeds get the upper hand. 

Soil was designed by The Maker to produce vegetation for ever!  It really wasn’t designed to accept well, river, or lake water high in mineral salts. (I’ve been to Great Salt Lake and The Dead Sea)  We have to water, so is there a solution?!?!

Bio-stimulants are the answer and the solution.  These are anything that feeds the biology in the soil.  Sugar, cornmeal, compost, beer, etc. are all bio-stimulants.  The city of San Angelo takes our sewage sludge to a five acre concrete pad called the Kickapoo Composting Facility and moistens and turns it.  Within a year it is sweet smelling soil!  It is a great bio-stimulant.  Some of you compost.  One friend’s son’s job was to dispose of the eggshells after his mama made breakfast.  The shortest route was over the side fence.  After months his dad wondered why everything was growing so well on the other side of the fence!  Eggshells are bio-stimulants!

Olive's OIL is the best, quickest, and least expensive way to improve your soil.  A quart covers 5,000 sq ft and costs $15.  (A gallon is $45)  Apply it with a hose end sprayer once (to twice) a month.  The first application will improve water perculation deeper into your soil.  I formulated it 24 years ago, so it's proven to work!

So do what you can to improve the biology of the soil.  When you water, water deep.  Use mulch in beds and gardens.  (In a 10 ft X 10 ft area 60 gallons of water can evaporate in one day.  If you mulch, zero will evaporate!  Consider harvesting rain water.)  Pray for rain.  And enjoy living every day in the meantime.


DeWitt Landscape Fabric 3 ft X 50 ft  $6.19 reg 14.99
No weeds under mulch or gravel! 



Olive's was started in 1942 by my Grandfather, Walter Eric Olive. That was 72 years ago! We've accumulated some experience over the years and hope to share it with you through this website.  Some people are considered experts when they've been doing the same thing for over thirty years, so if you want to ask me lawn and garden, pond, or any question, just email me (Tommy Olive) at info@olivesnursery.com and I'll get back with my best answer.

When you're sick, you want an experienced doctor.  When your landscape is ailing, you want the same thing.  We've helped thousands of West Texans be successful in their landscapes.  Whether it's tired, yellow lawns or sick shrubs and trees, we can help.  I believe in working with nature.  We know which plants and trees do well here, which are challenging, and which are impossible to grow.  You're on the Net so you must like to browse here: when you find what sounds like the best plant ever, you might want to check with my experience before you invest your money, sweat, and time.  There are alot of continuous flowering plants that do great right here in West Texas.  We're here when you need us.  We've been a family owned garden center all my life!

We're also experts in Water Gardening.  I built my first pond in 1976.  What a blessing when we realized rubber could be used instead of concrete.  What's the difference in designing a water garden and a Koi pond?  How do you control green water and string alge?  What plants will grow around and in the pond?  Should I invest in a Bio-Fall and Skimmer and a UV light?  We're here for you!  Contact me with your questions and I'll give my best answers.

I installed my first gravel yard over 30 years ago.  It was on Rockbrook which was the southern edge of town back then.  I put beds next to the house and some kidney shaped beds out in the gravel.  It's still there today!  At the time I'd never heard of the term Xeriscape.  Since then I've learned alot that may benefit you.

Twenty years ago I discovered organic gardening.  This was after selling organic cures and native plants in the 70's totally unsuccessfully.  I learned that success was found in the soil.  Good healthy soil grows good, healthy plants.  I developed our own bio-stimulant back then that we call Olive's OIL.  For more info check out our Organic Gardening section. 

My mother started handling gifts, home decor and Christmas in the mid-fifties.  My wife, Debbie, has continued all that and added a boutique.  We've got tops, dresses, sun dresses, pants, jewelry, and I don't know what all!

I will have timely advice on what to do in your lanscape and water garden.  I first wrote the Olive Nurseryletter in 1977.  The email letter is now free.  Please join our Newsletter for up-to-date information.

Thanks for visiting OlivesNursery.com,  Tommy Olive

Quote:  "God who gave us life gave us liberty.  Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are a gift of God."  Thomas Jefferson

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