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The City of Poth is currently accepting applications for the position of Chief of Police. The Chief is responsible for all operational and administrative aspects of the police department, provide patrol, criminal investigations, crime prevention, enforce all laws and ordinances and be responsible for public health and safety. Must be community oriented, have strong public relations skills, strong work ethics, must be physically fit and maintain a professional image while in uniform. A High School Diploma or GED is required. Must have a valid Class C or higher Texas Driver’s License. Must be TCLEOSE Master Peace Officer certified and have at least 5 years of experience with law enforcement agency; SWAT, Gang Unit, Narcotics or Detective experience a plus, pass a thorough background check investigation with drug screen and credit check. The City offers benefit package with retirement plan and medical insurance. Salary dependent on qualifications. EOE. Applications/resume will be accepted until June 3, 2016, 5:00 P.M. at the Poth City Hall, 200 N. Carroll St, P O Box 579, Poth TX 78147; email: cityhall@cityofpoth.org.   
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Hummingbirds drawn to cape honeysuckle




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Q. Tell me about cape honeysuckle. I read that it was a good hummingbird plant.

A. Yes, cape honeysuckle is a vine-like plant that sends out long sturdy shoots that lean against a support rather than attach themselves. It has small (2 inch) tubular orange-red blooms that are showy from July through the first frost. It is usually used as a vine but I have seen it pruned as a shrub. The leaves resemble trumpet creeper foliage. Hummingbirds like it very much.

Q. Which is the best St. Augustine grass and why?

A. My favorite St. Augustine variety is Floratam. Floratam had superior drought tolerance in tests conducted by the Texas Turfgrass Producers, Texas A&M, and SAWS. It stayed greener longer and greened up faster than all other St. Augustine varieties and even the zoysia selections in a test with no moisture for 60 days. Floratam is also resistant to damage from chinch bugs and brown patch.

Floratam’s one weakness is that it is more cold sensitive than other selections. It should not be used north of Austin because of the cold sensitivity.

Q. My moss roses look terrible. They are all stems and no leaves or blooms. Could they have a disease?

A. The usual problem that causes moss rose decline is overwatering. The soil must be allowed to dry out between watering. They are not susceptible to any disease that I know.

Q. If I use Roundup on the live oak suckers, will it hurt the mother tree? They are driving me crazy.

A. It is not recommended that Roundup be used to kill live oak suckers because they are connected to the roots of a large oak. Chances are small that the glyphosate that is trans-located will cause noticeable change but it is not worth the risk.

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

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