Central Texans getting more than fair share of oak pollen

AUSTIN – Central Texas allergy sufferers are having a tough time because oak trees have been producing significantly more pollen this spring, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturists serving the area. Daphne Richards, AgriLife Extension horticulturist, Travis County, said a major reason oak trees in the region have been producing more pollen goes back […]

Turfgrass tips to make a lawn the envy of the neighborhood

COLLEGE STATION – Springtime is a good time to prepare lawns for a healthy summer as warm-season grasses come out of dormancy and begin to green up, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Becky Grubbs, AgriLife Extension turfgrass specialist, College Station, said lawn care is a multifaceted effort homeowners can tackle if […]

Texas Master Gardener Conference celebrates 40 years

COLLEGE STATION – Each of the more than 700 Texas Master Gardener Association enthusiasts attending this week’s conference at Texas A&M University in College Station have another thing in common – community service. The conference marks the 40th anniversary of the association as Master Gardeners continue to provide education across urban and rural Texas. “The […]

AgriLife Extension hires new statewide turfgrass specialist

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Becky Grubbs expects to spend the next chapter in her life growing the Texas turfgrass industry through collaborative and interdisciplinary actions as the new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service statewide turfgrass specialist in College Station. Grubbs said her philosophy in approaching her new job, which she began April 1, will be […]

AgriLife Expert: Gopher control tricky, worth effort

OVERTON – Gophers can be a nuisance to hay and livestock producers, and springtime is a good time to address them, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Gopher burrowing can cause damage to equipment and livestock injuries, said Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, Overton. The rodents also can damage crops by […]

Program March 31 in San Antonio to address garden, landscape planting in South Texas

SAN ANTONIO – A program titled “Planting Tips for South Texas” will be held from noon to 2 p.m. March 31 at Rainbow Gardens, 8516 Bandera Road in San Antonio. The free program will be presented by David Rodriguez, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist, Bexar County, and Bill Rohde, host of WOAI radio’s Saturday […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – March 20

OVERTON – Commercial and amateur vegetable growers are actively seeding and transplanting as much of the state appears to be clear of the threat of frost, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Growing and planting seasons differ greatly in Texas where the state’s geography and size lends to a wide range of climates […]

Horticulturist: Save money, time, water with irrigation repairs

DALLAS — A Texas A&M AgriLife Research water conservation horticulturist said home and business owners should repair and maintain sprinkler systems to save money and time while reducing wasted water resources. “A lot of water-saving advice focuses on the indoors, but we know more water, especially in warmer months, can be saved by maintaining irrigation […]