Accurate diagnosis is the first step in addressing turfgrass problems

TYLER –  Calls have been pouring into Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent Chad Gulley’s office from homeowners whose grass is not faring well. Lawns are thinning, showing brown spots and showing other signs of pests and diseases, Gulley said. He noted diseases such as gray leaf spot and root rot, as well as  pests […]

Texas A&M working with industry to strengthen vegetable production program

AMARILLO – Texas retailers want locally grown produce, and Texas A&M AgriLife is working to make that happen. Dr. Bill McCutchen, Texas A&M AgriLife Research executive associate director in College Station, and Joseph Bunting, United Supermarkets produce director from Lubbock, talked about the need for Texas-grown produce at a recent Summer Crops Field Day near […]

Valley’s Master Gardener classes moving to cooler times

SAN BENITO – This year’s Master Gardener classes in Hidalgo and Cameron counties will move to the fall to avoid the area’s blistering heat, organizers said. “This is the first time Master Gardener classes will be held later in the year so we can take advantage of the cooler temperatures that provide our best growing […]

Greater Houston Plant Conference to highlight new plants coming on market

HOUSTON — From winter-hardy hibiscus to Earth-Kind plants, the Greater Houston Plant Conference will showcase varieties that garden enthusiasts will want to learn about, organizers said. The event will be 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road, Houston. Registration is $60 and can be completed at Lunch […]

Rainwater harvesting takes center stage Aug. 11 in Eldorado

ELDORADO – As triple-digit heat and dry weather return to West Texas, the importance of rainwater harvesting will take center stage during a special workshop from 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 11 in Eldorado. The Rainwater Harvesting program, conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Schleicher and Irion counties, will be held at the […]

Ground breaks for The Gardens, unique outdoor classroom, public green space at Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION — Garden trowels pushed into potting soil at Texas A&M University today marked the beginning of The Gardens, a space officials said will be unique in its offerings for students and the general public. More than 200 people attended the groundbreaking ceremony, which included a variety of garden activities. Construction on the 7-acre Leach Teaching […]

AgriLife Extension, Myer’s Park team up to tout Earth-Kind principles

MCKINNEY – Myer’s Park and Event Center not only provides a beautiful backdrop for a variety of public and private events, it is also the venue for the most extensive Earth-Kind research and demonstration trials anywhere in the world, said Dr. Steve George, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service landscape specialist, Dallas. “Earth-Kind testing is currently […]

New Texas Superstar introduced: Brazilian Red Hots

COLLEGE STATION — Alternanthera varieties have been popular ornamental plants for decades, but the new Texas Superstar – Brazilian Red Hots – represents an exceptional new option with vigor and vibrant color, according to ornamental experts. Brazilian Red Hots is a very dependable selection of the old-time Joseph’s Coat that grows with a mounding  habit, […]

AgriLife Extension sets Texas Water Star Conference series in June

SAN ANGELO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct three Texas Water Star Conferences in West Texas during June. Marvin Ensor, AgriLife Extension regional program leader at San Angelo, said the three water conservation programs all have the same curriculum and agenda. Each will run from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Four Texas Commission on […]