Earth-Kind Landscape School to be held in San Antonio

Four-part series in September and October will address best home landscaping practices SAN ANTONIO – The Texas Water Star Program will present the four-part “Earth-Kind Landscape School for Homeowners” program on four Saturdays during September and October, said program coordinators at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Bexar County. The school will be from […]

Prevention, management tips offered for citrus disease found in Harris County

HOUSTON — Owners of citrus trees in Harris County should be on the lookout for carriers and symptoms of a disease recently discovered there, experts with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service said. Citrus greening was confirmed in a tree at a retail nursery south of Houston on July 16. The disease, which is spread […]

Urban food desert pilot project an ‘oasis’ for at-risk youth

AgriLife Extension-led project involves teens in horticulture, health, nutrition, more SAN ANTONIO – An urban food desert pilot project in the nation’s seventh-largest city is teaching young people how to create a food “oasis” in their community, while learning important life skills, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. “An urban food desert is an […]

July and August trainings designed for professional irrigators

COLLEGE STATION – Currently, 785 public water systems in Texas have mandatory water-use restrictions in place with an additional 387 utilities following voluntary restrictions, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. “That is 25 percent of the state’s water systems with restrictions,” said Charles Swanson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service irrigation specialist, College Station. […]

Turfgrass Field Day set for July 21 in Lubbock

  Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Robert Scott, 806-775-1680, rj-scott@tamu.edu   LUBBOCK– The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Tech University’s department of plant and soil science will conduct a Turfgrass Field Day on July 21 at Lubbock. The collaborative effort will start with registration at 7 a.m., followed by the program from […]

AgriLife Extension offers new strawberry production guide

  Complete growers guide is first since the 1970s Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Russ Wallace, 806-746-6101, rwwallace@ag.tamu.edu   LUBBOCK – The new “Production Guide for Texas-Grown Strawberries” a complete guide for the beginner or old pro, is now available, said its editors. The 41-page guide is the first official publication from the […]

Carabid beetles spotted en masse in South Central Texas

SAN ANTONIO — The past few weeks have generated several calls to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service about an explosion in the beetle population in South Central Texas, said the agency’s entomologist for Bexar County. Many residents have been surprised and concerned about the sight of large clusters of small black beetles teeming outside […]

Lawn care requires proper spray applicator calibration

AgriLife Extension expert offers techniques Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Casey Reynolds, 979-845-0603, casey.reynolds@ag.tamu.edu DALLAS – Maintaining a healthy landscape often requires application of plant health products. The key to these applications is a properly calibrated sprayer, said Dr. Casey Reynolds, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state turfgrass specialist in College Station. […]

AgriLife Extension sets rainwater harvesting, drought-tolerant plant workshop

  Program is July 2 in Garden City   Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Rebel Royall, 432-354-2381, r-royall@tamu.edu   GARDEN CITY – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the Rainwater Harvesting and Drought-Tolerant Plant Workshop from 6-8 p.m. July 2 at the Glasscock County Community Center, 117 S. Myrl St. in Garden […]