Hügelkultur: the mound method for home gardeners

OVERTON – A bedding system new to Texas – hügelkultur – is trending among home gardeners looking for low-maintenance ways to grow flowers, fruits and vegetables, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist Dr. Joe Masabni. Hügelkultur, German for “hill culture,” is the practice of composting large woody material, such as tree logs, to create […]

New zoysia grass performs as ideal putting surface

DALLAS — A first-of-its-kind zoysia grass hybrid promises superior putting green performance and quality while requiring fewer inputs compared to other warm-season turfgrasses on the market, said Dr. Ambika Chandra, Texas A&M AgriLife Research turfgrass breeding program leader in Dallas. The new variety, tested as DALZ 1308, produced average roll distances above 9 feet in […]

Rainwater harvesting, turf management training set for Feb. 22-23 in Kyle and San Antonio

KYLE/SAN ANTONIO – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters Program is hosting two residential rainwater harvesting and turf management trainings in Kyle and San Antonio on Feb. 22 and 23, respectively. Both events are free and open to the public. Participants at either training can also have their soil tested free […]

Fort Bend Regional Vegetable Conference scheduled Feb. 8

ROSENBERG – The 33rd Fort Bend Regional Vegetable Conference is scheduled Feb. 8 at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds in Rosenberg. The program will be in Buildings C and D with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. The conference begins at 8 a.m. and will conclude at 3:30 p.m. Cost is $25 before Jan. 24 and […]

Pesticide resistant, crop threatening whiteflies found in Texas

OVERTON – A pesticide-resistant population of common plant-damaging whiteflies has been found in Texas, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist.  Whiteflies are sucking, insect pests similar to aphids, and damage ornamental and food plants, said Erfan Vafaie, AgriLife Extension program specialist in integrated pest management, Overton. Adults are winged while young whiteflies […]

Children’s Vegetable Garden Program accepting applications for spring 2018

SAN ANTONIO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for Bexar County and the San Antonio Botanical Garden are accepting applications for the Spring 2018 Children’s Vegetable Garden Program. The Children’s Vegetable Garden is located on the grounds of the San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place, San Antonio. The program is open to children […]

Applications being accepted for 2018 Bexar County Master Gardener intern training

SAN ANTONIO – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Bexar County is now accepting applications for its Master Gardener Intern Training – Class No. 62, said David Rodriguez, AgriLife Extension agent for horticulture in Bexar County. “Master Gardener volunteer training is conducted by AgriLife Extension and is for adults interested in gardening, horticulture and related […]

Give poinsettias a healthy home for the holidays and beyond

OVERTON – The bright, crimson red holiday ornamental plant staple – the poinsettia – has a few needs to help it thrive throughout the holidays, according to Dr. Brent Pemberton, Texas A&M AgriLife Research ornamental horticulturist, Overton.  “Poinsettia care for the holidays is pretty straightforward,” he said. “When people pick them up, they’re ready for […]

Permeable pavements course in Fort Worth offers hands-on instruction

FORT WORTH — A Dec. 15 course, Green Stormwater Infrastructure: Permeable Pavement, offers comprehensive instruction for using environmentally sound permeable pavements, which allow rainwater to pass through their surfaces and into the ground, replenishing precious water resources, organizers said. Course participants at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden will learn about permeable pavement benefits, design, maintenance […]