Little Ruby alternanthera named newest Texas Superstar plant

Selection is smaller, thicker and fuller version of Joseph’s Coat Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The ground cover plant, Little Ruby alternanthera has been named the newest Texas Superstar plant. “A lot of old-timers will probably recognize this group of plants as ‘Joseph’s Coat,’” said David Rodriguez, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service […]

New website aimed at professionals who manage lawns, golf and athletic turf

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Casey Reynolds, 979-845-0603, casey.reynolds@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Homeowners and professional landscapers alike who are looking for answers to questions like “what grass should I plant in the shade?” or “what grass tolerates foot traffic best?” have a new place to go for answers. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension […]

Organic farmers to share info with beginning farmers, home gardeners

SEGUIN — Home gardeners and beginning farmers who want to learn techniques for organic and sustainable production are encouraged to attend a workshop Aug. 11 at the Holiday Inn Express, 2801 Jay Road, Seguin. The event will be from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The $95 per person registration fee includes lunch. Reservations should be emailed to […]

‘Growing good kids’ books recognized

Contact: Randy Seagraves, 979-845-8565, seagraves@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The “Growing Good Kids – Excellence in Children’s Literature Award” has been conferred on two books by the American Horticultural Society and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s International Junior Master Gardener program. The award recognizes children’s books that effectively promote an appreciation for gardening, plants and […]

Edible plants give gardeners something to ‘chew on’

AUSTIN – It is possible for home gardeners in Central Texas to have their landscapes and eat them too. At least that is the conclusion of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturists in Bexar and Travis counties. Daphne Richards, AgriLife Extension horticulturist for Travis County, said there are many edible plants that also have ornamental […]

Turfgrass Field Day set for July 13 in Lubbock

  Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contacts: Vikram Baliga 806-775-1740, vikram.b.baliga@gmail.com Robert Scott, 806-775-1740, rscott@ag.tamu.edu   LUBBOCK – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Lubbock is partnering with Texas Tech University’s department of plant and soil science to conduct their second annual Turfgrass Field Day July 13 in Lubbock. The event will start with registration […]

Heavy grasshopper infestations warrant treatment

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ed Bynum, 806-677-5600, ebynum@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Farmers and homeowners alike are battling against a heavy infestation of grasshoppers in the High Plains, and while tiny now, without treatment they could double in size, numbers and amount of damage. “Looks like it could be a bad year for grasshoppers,” […]

Edible landscape is topic of AgriLife Extension program June 23 in Sterling City

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Chad Coburn, 325-378-3181, c-coburn@tamu.edu STERLING CITY – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct an edible landscape program at 6 p.m. June 23 at the Sterling County Community Center in Sterling City. “Allison Watkins, AgriLife Extension horticulture agent in Tom Green County, will be our keynote speaker,” said […]

Rainwater harvesting getting new flood of interest after recent rains

DALLAS – With the recent abundance of rain, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist who presents rainwater harvesting programs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and elsewhere in the state, has been “flooded” with calls from people interested in water collection and conservation. “Many people I’ve spoken to feel they have missed a golden […]

Arctic Frost satsuma mandarin hybrid named new Texas Superstar

The most cold-hardy selection tested to date, experts say Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Satsuma Arctic Frost has been named a Texas Superstar plant by Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturists. Arctic Frost is the most cold-hardy satsuma hybrid tested so far, having survived temperatures as low […]