Monday, October 20, 2014
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

Lost & Found


Video Lost: Cat, black and white, last seen the evening of Sept. 29 in the Woodcreek Subdivision area, La Vernia. Reward for his safe return. Call Richard, 830-779-2080 or 210-776-4930.
Lost diamond - diamond set in gold mounting prongs fell off of my wife's wedding ring. Reward offered, 210-867-1319.
Found tan hunting dog. Elderly male not neutered or chipped. Please call 8303915099.
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

Seeking individual to work in a local child-care center, paid holidays, etc., must be high school grad or GED. Apply in person at Cubs Country Childcare, 212 FM 1346 in La Vernia.
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.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›

Agriculture Today


April 2013 Gardening Calendar




E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story
April 1, 2013 | 3712 views | Post a comment

This is an occasional column available to all users. Watch for Calvin Finch's weekly column, South Texas Gardener, every week in the Wilson County News. Subscribe today! https://wilsoncountynews.com/subscribe-today.php?

April is when many area lawns begin the serious growth period. The lawn can be fertilized with slow-release lawn fertilizer such as 19-5-9 after real grass has been mowed two times. For some lawns, that may not be until May 1.

If you fertilize too early, weeds benefit more than lawn grass and some of the nitrogen is lost.

As a general rule, mow St. Augustine grass at 3 inches or higher, zoysia grass at 2 inches and Bermuda grass at 1.5 inches or lower. If you mow Buffalo grass at less than 5 inches tall, the weeds fill in the open space between grass plants. The choice is often mow high or use pre-emergent weed herbicide every spring and fall.

Crabgrass and sand burs may have begun to germinate already but you will prevent a portion of the plants that would germinate in May, June and July if a herbicide such as Crabgrass Preventer, Amaze or XL is applied early in the month.

Maintain your spray programs on fruit trees and roses. If stink bugs show up on peaches or blackberries, Sevin and Malathion are two of the few insecticides that can control them. Follow label instructions to accomplish safe, efficient control. The label instructions are also the law for use of the specific pesticide!

April is tomato month. Seek out one or more of the recommended varieties. Look for Tycoon, Tygress, BHN 968, 602, Phoenix, Celebrity, 444 or Solar Fire.

Prepare the soil by incorporating 2 inches of compost and slow-release lawn fertilizer over the planting area. One cup of the fertilizer for each 50 square feet works well.

Use a steel reinforcing wire or aluminum wire tomato cage to keep the fruit off the ground.

Tomatoes are not xeriscape plants. They need water every two to three days. Drip irrigation works best.

Help prevent spider mites by spraying with neem oil and seaweed extract every week. Increase to twice weekly sprays if the pests appear. Spray under the foliage.

Snapdragons may bloom well for another month, but April is also a good time to plant zinnias. For instant blooms, seek out the Dreamland transplants at area nurseries. Zinnias are at their best if you use them for cut flowers or deadhead (remove) blooms that have declined.

Lettuce and most other greens will turn bitter as the month progresses. Use them as long as they taste good. It is also a good time to use up your carrots, beets, turnips and rutabagas.

Potatoes can be harvested when the plants begin to bloom but can also stay in the ground until the plants brown.

Make sure the onions are thinned to 6 inches between the plants. Apply one last fertilization this month. Onions should be ready to harvest in late May.

To keep the squash vine borers at bay, apply a dose of Sevin or Spinosad at the growing point every week.

If you have bird baths and especially moving water, watch for migrating painted buntings, warblers and orioles. They can be spectacular. The ruby throat and black chinned hummingbirds should be visiting your hummingbird feeders. The ruby throated will breed east of Interstate 35 and the black chinned will breed in the west of the area.

To insure reseeding for next spring, let the bluebonnets and other wildflowers set their seed and brown before they are cut down.

Calvin Finch Ph.D. is a Horticulturist and Director with the Texas A&M Water Conservation and Technology Center.
 


Your Opinions and Comments
Be the first to comment on this story!

You must be logged in to post comments:



Other Agriculture Today
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Breed bull, female sale Oct. 24 (October 15, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Cattle raisers ranch gathering Oct. 24 (October 15, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Do not be threatened by sapsuckers (October 15, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. EPA extends Clean Water Act deadline (October 15, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Hay & Forage Report (October 15, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Livestock Market Reports (October 15, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Osborne Stables fund-raiser, open house (October 15, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Rainfall Report (October 15, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Stocker gains more than 2.5 pounds per head per day (October 15, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Survey indicates ranchers anticipate herd rebuilding (October 15, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. TDA Market Report (October 15, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Bluebonnet Horse Expo Oct. 18 (October 8, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Bull-A-Rama set for Stockdale (October 8, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Cattlemen to gather in Falls City (October 8, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Floresville teen is 'sweetheart' — in and... (October 8, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Hay & Forage Report (October 8, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Hill Country Agri-Land Workshop (October 8, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Horseback team rounds up stray cattle on border (October 8, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Livestock Market Reports (October 8, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Quail Appreciation Day set for Oct. 15 (October 8, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Rainfall Report (October 8, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Taking control of termites (October 8, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. TDA Market Report (October 8, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. The Andersons signs agreements (October 8, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Farm Bureau county convention Oct. 16 (October 1, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Going hog wild with ranch rodeo (October 1, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Hay & Forage Report (October 1, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Is Clean Water Act protecting water or taking land? (October 1, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Livestock Market Reports (October 1, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Nation’s ag commissioners unite to dry up... (October 1, 2014)
October 2014 Gardening Calendar (October 1, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Stocks make a great addition to winter annuals (October 1, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. TDA Market Report (October 1, 2014)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Texas Beef Checkoff assessment begins Oct. 1 (October 1, 2014)



Coupons ag-right

Heavenly Touch homeBlue Moon Karaoke & DJWilson's Auto ChooserVoncille Bielefeld homeAllstate & McBride RealtySacred Heart SchoolTriple R DC ExpertsChester WilsonDrama Kids
  Copyright © 2007-2014 Wilson County News. All rights reserved. Web development by Drewa Designs.