Saturday, May 30, 2015
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

WCN Site Search


Lost & Found


VideoFound: Female Dalmatian mix, Center Point area, FM 775 and CR 319, need to find owner. Call 830-928-1296.

VideoLost: Black and white long haired cat, missing since May 17, from the Vintage Oaks Subdivision. If found call 210-288-3033.

VideoLost: Male miniature black/tan Dachshund and small female shaggy dog, white w/black face, may have their puppy with them, on May 12 in Creekwood Subdivision. Call if found, 210-243-8277.
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

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.
The Floresville Independent School District is accepting applications for District Wide Transportation Vehicle Mechanic and Mechanic Helper.  Applications may be obtained online at www.fisd.us  Floresville Independent School District Personnel Office is located at 1200 5th St., Floresville, Texas. 830-393-5300 (Office hours: 8:00-4:30). Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. An Equal Opportunity Employer.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›

Agriculture Today


January 2014 Gardening Calendar




E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story

January 1, 2014 | 3,746 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?

Watch for the designated day for curbside holiday tree pickup in your neighborhood or town. Some retail nurseries will also accept the trees for disposal. In rural areas, they make good erosion control tools when placed in ravines.

Your poinsettias will last for four or five months if you keep them out of the drafts, both hot and cold, and keep them moist. Placing six to eight ice cubes on the soil each day will work if the container receives a deep soaking in the sink on the weekend.

If you received a bunch of paper white or daffodils forced to bloom in water or a container, plant them in a corner of the yard where there is full sun or partial sun. They will usually naturalize and come back every year. Deer do not eat paper whites or daffodils, so they can be planted in unprotected locations.

In addition to paper whites, cemetery iris may bloom in January. They don’t need any special care, but a handful of lawn fertilizer will help them produce strong foliage. Let the foliage stay over after the blooms are spent. The foliage is reloading the plant with starches and nutrients for next year’s bloom period.

January is a good time to aerate and top dress the lawn. Rent an aerator that cuts plugs as it rolls over the lawn and places them on the turf. They look like cigar butts. The channels allow air and water to penetrate to the plant roots and correct the compacted soil problem. For more impact, obtain some compost and apply it one-half inch deep over the aerated lawn. The compost filters into the aeration channels without closing them and provides organic enrichment along with the air and water.

Aeration and top dressing can be a do-it-yourself job or it can be a hired-out job. Whichever way it is done, the lawn really benefits.

Plants such as esperanza and poinciana that have been top-killed by freezing temperatures can be cut back to the ground now or they can be left in place for another month or two to provide cover for birds. February is the best pruning month, but if time is available in January, it can be done now. Visit plantanswers.com for diagrams and detailed descriptions on how to prune fruit trees, roses and other plants.

If there have been freezes in December, the winter annuals (snapdragons, stocks, petunias and calendulas) have probably quit blooming for a while. They will start a second bloom period in late February.

Pansies, cyclamen and primula generally bloom all winter. Keep them well watered and protected with slug and snail bait. Protect cyclamen and primula when temperatures are predicted below 30 degrees. Citrus has hardened off after the cold days in November and December, but you still need to be ready to cover them if freezing temperatures threaten. For the full “skinny” on freeze protection, visit plantansswers.com.

Some gardeners still have rufous hummingbirds visiting their sugar water feeders. Don’t worry, the feeder is not encouraging the birds to stay and risk cold weather. They are very independent.

Feed thistle seed to attract goldfinches. Cardinals and most species like sunflower seeds best but will also come to a feeder for safflower seed as well. The advantages of safflower seed is that squirrels don’t like it. Keep both squirrels and white winged doves out of your seed with a steel feeder with weight sensitive perches.

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

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


Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Area farmers should review corn yield (May 27, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Learn about beginning ranching June 9-10 (May 27, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Livestock Market Reports (May 27, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Ramzinski triumphs in LV show (May 27, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Remedy for a thinning lawn (May 27, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. TDA Market Report (May 27, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. VS detected in Pecos County (May 27, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Wet conditions continue delays with hay harvesting throughout the state (May 27, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. World Trade group sides against U.S. cattlemen (May 27, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Deadline nears to file wetland document (May 20, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Fretwells to compete at state (May 20, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Hay & Forage Report (May 20, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Kubota headquarters to relocate to Texas (May 20, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Livestock Market Reports (May 20, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Luling field day May 21 (May 20, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Offer the slugs a drink (May 20, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Rains continue to delay fieldwork, hay harvesting (May 20, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. TDA Market Report (May 20, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Two 4-H members join annual shearing of alpacas (May 20, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Benefit roping set is May 16 (May 13, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. East Central FFA teams win state, advance to nationals (May 13, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Hay & Forage Report (May 13, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Livestock Market Reports (May 13, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Loquat is great landscape tree (May 13, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Ranching events (May 13, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge (May 13, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. TDA Market Report (May 13, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Women in Ag Survey shows need for leadership skills (May 13, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Best cut flowers for full sun (May 6, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. California vs. Texas: Expert compares severity of droughts (May 6, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Hay & Forage Report (May 6, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Keeping the ‘green’ Oliver tractor tradition alive (May 6, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Livestock Market Reports (May 6, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. TDA Market Report (May 6, 2015)
May 2015 Gardening Calendar (May 1, 2015)
Coupons ag-right
Heavenly Touch homePulse Research expires 6/30/15Voncille Bielefeld homeTriple R DC Expertsauto chooserAllstate & McBride Realty

  Copyright © 2007-2015 Wilson County News. All rights reserved. Web development by Drewa Designs.