Debes Landscaping Attends Seminar “Gardening for Historic Galveston Climate”

On March 12, Kevin Debes of Debes Landscaping, attended the Spring 2011 Demonstration Class “Landscaping for the Historic Galveston Climate” presented by the Galveston Historical Foundation.

Speaker Matt Hannon (local landscape designer) discussed the plants that would have been grown in Galveston’s early gardens.   Other topics included what plants should or should not be planted in the Galveston climate.  In addition, Mr. Hann0n also discussed the sustainable plants that do not require heavy watering or maintenance.

The seminar was held at the Architectural Salvage Warehouse located at 908 23rd St. Galveston Island.


Spanish Moss… A True Southern Lady! | Galveston Landscaper

Spanish Moss is much like a true southern lady… delicate yet hardy and with many talents. I am sure that anyone living in the southeastern United States has at one time or other spotted Spanish Moss growing on trees. In fact, Spanish Moss in the United States was first mentioned in 1564 in a description of Fort Caroline, a fort built by France at the mouth of the St. John’s River in Florida. Then again in 1733 at the founding of Savannah, Georgia. Spanish Moss is forever linked to the history of the South and southern culture. However, for all of its beauty it is also a plant of many uses “including building insulation, mulch, packing material, mattress stuffing, and fiber. In the early 1900’s it was used commercially in the padding of car seats.[9] In 1939 over 10,000 tons of processed Spanish moss was produced.[10] It is still collected today in smaller quantities for use in arts and crafts, or for beddings for flower gardens.” [excerpt from]

To learn more about this beautiful unique plant please click here spanish moss.

Sago Palms… Beauty or Beast? | Seabrook TX Landscaper

To many local residents, the Sago Palm looks beautiful and fits with the landscape but inside lurks a beast waiting to pounce!  

The sago palm, also known as Cycas Revoluta, gets its name from the ancient Cycad family.  This “family” is one of the oldest types of plants on the planet.  The sago is also the most propagated plant in this “family” and can be found in tropical locations all over the world.

The Sago Palm is actually very easy to grow and care for and can live up to 100 years old, even older.   Despite all the good characteristics about this plant, the Sago Palm is actually extremely poisonous to both humans and animals.  Its leaves can kill pets in a matter of hours.  Ingestion by humans has also been known to cause liver damage.

To learn more about the Sago Palm and the dangers click here [sago palm].

Debes Landscaping Joins The Go Red For Women Campaign

The 2011 Bay Area Go Red For Women Luncheon was held on Feb 25 at South Shore Harbour Resort and Debes Landscaping & Irrigation was front and center.   Kevin Debes, owner of DLI, volunteered his time to participate in an ad campaign to help spread the word about heart disease in women.   This campaign was more than just another marketing plan, for Kevin this was personal.

Ten years ago, Kevin’s mom, had symptoms one afternoon that appeared to be indigestion.   She was not too concerned but that nagging feeling remained because she had never experienced that before.   A close friend called to check on her and immediately suggested she go directly to the hospital.  Luckily Kevin’s mom listened and drove herself to the emergency room where moments later the doctors confirmed she was having a heart attack.   Fast forward 10 years and one pacemaker later and Kevin’s mom is doing great.

Kevin was one of four local businessmen who volunteered to “model” for the ad campaign in hopes of reaching out to different parts of the community and spread the word.   This year’s luncheon was a tremendous success, in fact, the tickets were sold out at least a week before the event and the goal had been met as well.  To learn more about heart disease in women go to

To see more of Kevin and the other gentlemen in their Go Red ad campaign go to (Go Red page).