Thursday, February 11, 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.
*Includes FREE photo online! mywcn.com/lostandfound
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.
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

Immanuel Lutheran Church is now hiring for a Youth and Family Ministry Director. Pastoral: Minister to youth and their families during Sunday School and other church programs, being present in their lives outside the church walls, available for common concerns and in crisis situations. Leadership: Recruit and nurture Youth and Family Ministry program. Administration : Manage the planning process and coordinate with Pastor and Youth Committee all regular ministries to youth and their families. This includes youth of all ages on Sunday mornings and mid-week events; assisting with Confirmation, special events, trips and retreats, and parent meetings. Stewardship: Ongoing evaluation of the effectiveness of youth programs, manage youth ministry budget, and collaborate with the sponsors of each Youth group. Ability to build, lead, and empower youth. Ability to implement a ministry vision. Familiarity with Lutheran Doctrine required; must be comfortable teaching it and representing Lutheran Theology. Proficient computer skills using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, database, email, internet, and social media. Supervisory experience preferred. Ability to adapt and evaluate curriculum preferred. Must have excellent organization, communication (verbal and written), and listening skills, with a high degree of initiative and accountability. Exceptional interpersonal and relational skills required, with sensitivity to church members and visitors. Understanding and enjoyment of youth and families and guiding their spiritual development. Please send resumes to immanuellavernia@gmail.com or call 830-253-8121.
Warning: While most advertisers are reputable, some are not. Unfortunately the Wilson County News cannot guarantee the products or services of those who buy advertising space in our pages. We urge our readers to use great care, and when in doubt, contact the San Antonio Better Business Bureau, 210-828-9441, BEFORE spending money. If you feel you have been the victim of fraud, contact the Consumer Protection Office of the Attorney General in Austin, 512-463-2070.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





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

South Texas Living


Keep your summer garden thriving


Keep your summer garden thriving
Zinnia


E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story

July 17, 2013
3,338 views
Post a comment

As the summer progresses, here are some recommendations for Texas gardening in July from Calvin Finch, who pens the “South Texas Gardener” column in the Wilson County News. Find this week’s column on page ?D.

In the flower garden, the vinca, moss rose, cosmos, zinnias, and purslane should all be doing well. This has been a good year for gladiola production. Let the leaves decline from green to brown naturally before you dig up the bulbs for storage for planting next February.

July is not the greatest month for rose blooms. Keep the roses irrigated. Fertilization and pesticide sprays can be cut back until September when the autumn growth flush begins.

The best recommendation for tomatoes is to pull the spring-planted plants so they don’t become a nursery for fungus and spider mite production. Some tomatoes will survive the hottest part of summer, but overall production is usually better if a new crop is planted next month for autumn production.

If you have southern peas, use some of them like you would cut green beans. Harvest and cook them before the peas in the pod reach full size.

Stop the invasion

The moisture in May and June has been great, but it means that the summer weeds have really taken off. The most obvious weed in many landscapes is Bermuda grass. It spreads by seed, by underground runners, and across the top of the soil. Pieces of Bermuda grass that have been dropped will even root where they fall.

You can try to pull Bermuda grass by hand, but that is a very difficult job and is only a temporary fix if you don’t get all of the roots.

Bermuda grass is susceptible to contact herbicides. Glyphosate is the most obvious herbicide to use. Spray it on healthy growing Bermuda grass and, within a week, the grass quits growing and changes color. The chemical that dried on the green part of the plant has been translocated to the roots. The color change indicates that the whole plant is dying, underground runners and all!

The problem with using glyphosate is that it kills almost any plant whose foliage it settles on. Accidental spray contact with vegetables, roses, shrubs, or newly planted trees will result in dead plants. There is a set of contact herbicides, however, that kills grass -- including Bermuda grass -- but does not hurt broadleaf plants. Grass-specific contact herbicides, such as Grass Be Gone, Over the Top, Vantage, Ornamec, Poast, and Fusilade, are selective for grass. They can be applied to unwanted Bermuda grass growing in the midst of roses, groundcovers, annual flowers, and shrubs without hurting the desirable plants. Check the label before use in vegetables and fruits; it is usually not allowed during the harvest period.

Prune, plant

The hottest part of the summer is a good time to prune live oak trees. The oak wilt spores are not active in the heat. Even if the spread of the disease is not as much of a threat at this time of a year, paint the pruning wounds for extra insurance.

Midsummer is not the favored time to plant trees and shrubs, but it can be done with container plants. Water is the key. Apply the water at the base, so the root ball is wetted. There is very little root growth outside of the root ball in hot dry weather.

For the birds

Black-chinned hummingbirds will be common in any landscape with flowers or a sugar-water feeder. Rinse and refill the feeder once every week. Once a month, use a bottle brush for a more thorough cleaning. Bird baths are also appreciated by resident birds. In midsummer, water may be more of a limitation for bird population than seeds or other food.

Calvin Finch is a horticulturist and the director of the Water Conservation and Technology Center at Texas A&M-San Antonio. 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.
 

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?

South Texas Living Archives


Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. 2016 Trail Ride Royalty (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Bake Sale in Sutherland Springs Feb. 13 (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Dig into tamales, chili Feb. 21 (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Enjoy Pilgrim Opry Feb. 13 (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Get bargain books at library (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Josiah Media Festival call for entries (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Older typewriters are hot collectible (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Register for Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Remembering the Homemaking Cottage and Miss Emily (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. See what’s new at SA Stock Show & Rodeo (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. See ‘Up the Down Staircase’ in Poth (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. SS Museum reorganization meeting is Feb. 13 (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. St. Jerome plans fish fries (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Tickets on sale for spaghetti dinner (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Unique ways to celebrate your Valentine (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Western Museum plans reception (February 10, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Classical records (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Comal Country Music Show Feb. 16 (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. DRT plans scholarship brunch Feb. 27 (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Eastern Star group plans Fish Fry (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. El Mesias Church plans ‘Ashes on the Go’ (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Enjoy Lenten Fish Fry in Poth (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Game-day menus that score big (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Home, Garden Day to spotlight landscape seminar (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Learn about the benefits of native grasses (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Little log cabin finds new owners (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Marquez to kick off SA rodeo season (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Masquerade Ball set for Feb. 6 (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Opry is Feb. 4 (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Save the date for premier of ‘Hope In High Cotton’ (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Spring Play and Learn session at library (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. The center of social life in the old days (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Try your luck at Boots ‘N Bling Gala (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Valentine Bake Sale is Feb. 12 (February 3, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Western Heritage Parade, Cattle Drive (February 3, 2016)
WCN Photo Contest HHF
WWII Clippings HHF
Coupon Q&A HHF-right
coupon home-rght
Triple R DC ExpertsVoncille Bielefeld homeHeavenly Touch homeEast Central Driving SchoolAllstate & McBride Realty

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