Wednesday, February 10, 2016
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

WCN Site Search


Preview the Paper Preview the Paper

Preview this week's Paper
A limited number of pages are displayed in this preview.
Preview this Week’s Issue ›
Subscribe Today ›

Lost & Found

Lost: Female German Shepherd, about 2 years old, pink collar, lost from Hickory Hill/Great Oaks Subdivisions off FM 539, La Vernia, on Thurs., Feb. 4. Reward! 830-947-3465.
Bear, please come home! Missing since October 22, 2014, black Manx cat (no tail), shy. Reward! Help him find his way home. 210-635-7560.

VideoMissing: Male Boxer, since evening of Jan. 4, Hwy. 97 West, rear of Promised Land Creamery, $500 REWARD. Call 830-391-2240 with information.
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

Sign maker/Installer, no experience necessary, will train, must have reliable transportation, valid driver license, ability to lift 50-70 pounds, must be able to work indoors and outdoors.  Apply in person at Photographs by Jim/Eagle Ford Signs, 1013 C. Street, Floresville. No Phone Calls.
Experienced Heavy Equipment CDL driver, Class A with air brake endorsements, $18+ depending on experience, must have a clean driving record and must pass background and drug/alcohol test. Email resume to teika@oscenergy.com.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›
You’ve been granted free access to this subscribers only article.

Agriculture Today


Easy way to control fire ants




E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story

May 31, 2011 | 3,246 views | Post a comment

Q.Is there an easy way to control fire ants? After this last rain, they are everywhere in our yard.

A.Use the two-step method. Spread a bait, such as Amdro, over the whole yard and treat hills close to your activities with acephate (Ortho Fire Ant Killer). The control is even more effective if you can convince everyone in the neighborhood to apply the bait.

Q.What is a good plant for a tall hedge in full sun?

A. Consider yaupon holly, viburnum, elaeagnus, Texas mountain laurel, pomegranate, or even mutabilis rose.

Q. Why would one live oak be nice and green and thick with foliage while another only 30 or 40 feet away look terrible?

A. Each live oak is an individual specimen with different genetics. Each has different growth patterns and capabilities. Oak trees that are close as you describe are also competing with each other and other trees in the area. The more water is limited and the poorer the soil, the more likely it is that one of the trees will dominate the other. In the end, there may only be nutrients, water, and sunlight for one of the trees.

Q. Do birds attack tomatoes? As soon as mine show any color, they are damaged by what looks like a bird-beak penetration?

A. Yes, grackles, mockingbirds, and other species will feed on tomatoes, just like they do on peaches. You can cover the fruit with bird netting. To reduce the damage level, harvest the fruit as soon as it changes colors from dark green to light green.

Q.What is a good plant for color in the shade, now that my cyclamen are gone?

A. Try pentas, coleus, begonias, or caladium.

Q.Why are my tomatoes showing a hard black scar on the bottom of the fruit?

A. It is called blossom end rot. At some time in the growth phase, the water stream from the roots to the developing fruit was broken. Calcium is carried in the water stream to the fruit. The black tissue reflects a calcium deficiency. The problem is especially common when the weather changes from cool to hot. You can eat the fruit. Usually only the first few tomatoes are affected.

Calvin Finch is a horticulturist and the San Antonio Water System’s project director of regional initiatives and special projects. Hear him on “Gardening South Texas” on KLUP 930 AM radio Saturdays noon to 2 p.m., and 1-3 p.m. Sundays. Or, e-mail him at reader@wcn-online.com .
 

Your Opinions and Comments


Be the first to comment on this story!


You must be logged in to post a comment.




Not a subscriber?
Subscriber, but no password?
Forgot password?

Agriculture Today Archives


Coupons ag-right
Heavenly Touch homeTriple R DC ExpertsVoncille Bielefeld homeEast Central Driving SchoolAllstate & McBride Realty

  Copyright © 2007-2016 Wilson County News. All rights reserved. Web development by Drewa Designs.