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Lost: White Maltese dog, 12 pounds, answers to Brookley, on Sun., July 19, 10 miles north of Floresville on Hwy. 181, $100 reward! Tom and Jean Harris, 830-393-0814. 
Lost/dognapped: Black Lab/Pyrenees male puppy, about 30 pounds, vaccination tag on collar, last seen on Wood Valley Dr., Wood Valley Acres, Adkins, Sat., July 18 around noon. 210-827-9533.
Found: Charm with picture of couple, at Pecan Park, July 17. Call to identify and pick up, 830-393-6785.
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The Floresville Independent School District is accepting applications for District Wide Custodian Positions, 2:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. shift. Applications may be obtained online at www.fisd.us or contact Sylvia Campa at 830-393-5300 ext. 14002 for appointments. FISD Personnel Office is located at 1200 5th St., Floresville, Texas. 830-393-5300 (Office hours: 8:00-4:00). Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. An Equal Opportunity Employer.
La Vernia United Methodist Childcare has openings for employment, childcare experience preferred but not required, CPR training is a plus. Call LVUMC Child Care at 830-779-5117 for more information.
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How to divide Shasta daisies




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Q.How do we divide Shasta daisies?

A. What works for me is to pop the clump out of the soil and then pull the clump apart without shaking off the soil. It works well to make one 10-inch clump into four clumps. The root clump could also be cut into quarters with a sharp spade.

Replant the new clumps in soil enriched with 2 inches of compost and one cup of slow-release lawn fertilizer every 50 square feet of bed.

Q.You have not written about spider mites much this fall. What happened to them?

A. Many gardeners waited to plant tomatoes until the weather cooled. Spider mites are a hot-weather pest. Cool nights reduce spider-mite reproduction.

Q.I have a high-pressure hose. Will it reduce the aphid population if I spray water into the tree? The honeydew is covering everything under the trees.

A. Yes, the high-pressure water hose will reduce the aphid population. It may also knock pecans and pecan leaves down. It won’t end the honeydew, but will reduce it.

Q.Do pill bugs eat pansies? How can I control them?

A. Pill bugs may eat pansies and any other plant that grows on or close to the ground. They are usually more interested in dead organic material than live foliage, flowers, and fruit. Slugs and snails do more damage than pill bugs. Control all three pests with slug and snail bait.

Q.Our pear trees are blooming. Why is it happening? Is it a problem?

A. Pears quite often are “fooled” into blooming after a hot, dry spell. This summer qualifies. It is usually not a problem, unless all bloom buds open. In that case, there will be no fruit next spring. The usual pattern is to have a limited bloom in the fall and the major bloom in the spring.

Q.Can we transplant monkey grass from one planting bed to another planting bed?

A. Yes, monkey grass transplants easily. The usual strategy is to harvest 3- or 4-inch squares of plants in a checkerboard pattern. The source bed will fill in and the removed squares can be used to plant the new bed.

Q.We planted potatoes this fall. How will I know when they are ready to harvest?

A. When the plants begin to bloom, you can begin harvesting plants to use the new potatoes. When the tops die, it is time to dig up the remaining potatoes. If the soil is moist, it is especially important to harvest the potatoes before they rot.

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.
 

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