Thursday, June 30, 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 purse @ Maverick's Friday night June 24. Please return. No questions asked. Reward. 830-391-4013
*Includes FREE photo online! mywcn.com/lostandfound

VideoFound: male intact dog found in middle of road on 467 near Olmos loop area. Taking to a rescue or shelter soon. Cannot keep. If yours call Crystal at 830-832-4270.
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

Diesel Mechanics needed at Coastal Plains Trucking to work in the following locations: Stockdale, TX; Charlotte, TX; and Jal, NM (housing provided at this location only). These positions are full-time and offer medical, dental, vision, STD, Life, 401k benefits and bi-weekly pay. Mechanic Responsibilities: Vehicle Maintenance and Repair on Transport and Bobtail Tanker trucks. Qualifications: Must have own tools, Certification in brakes is a plus, Experience preferred working on diesel trucks, Prefer experience working on Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks and PACCAR, Cummins and engines, Experience changing tires and performing all PM work; Detail oriented, organized, takes pride in work and is safety minded. Compensation: Depending on experience – hourly pay with overtime. CDL NOT REQUIRED. To apply log in to www.coastalplainsllc.com to complete an application or contact Human Resources at 830-996-3002.
Floresville ISD is accepting applications at www.fisd.us for the position of Electrician, 260 days, 5 days per week, 8 hour workday.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›

Agriculture Today


March 2014 Gardening Calendar




E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story

February 18, 2014 | 6,405 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?

It has been a cold winter and there should be plenty of freeze-killed branches and stems to prune in March. Prune the cold-sensitive, root-hardy plants at ground level. In that list are lantana, duranta, poinciana, esperanza, firebush and the summer (blue) salvias. Citrus will be tougher to prune. Be patient so you can see where the freeze-killed line is on branches. Eventually cut below it. Don’t be surprised, however, if some of the stems and new foliage that emerges in March and April wilts in May and June due to lingering freeze damage.

If any of the citrus defoliated this winter, the plants will not bear fruit the next growing season. Some plants, particularly lemons and limes, may lose their entire top. If the roots survived, the plant will send up new shoots. If the plant is in its own roots, the top will grow and be ready to produce some fruit next year. If it is a grafted plant, the shoots will be of sour orange or some other thorny, sour fruited variety. Encourage the former and discard the thorny rootstock.

Some live oaks dropped their leaves in February, but some may wait until this month. The leaves are valuable. Use live oak leaves as mulch in the garden. They are the best material for paths or between rows in the garden because of their small size and sturdy structure.

Live oak leaves also make good material for the compost pile. The easiest way to recycle them is to just mow them where they lie on the lawn and let them decompose to enrich the landscape.

It is too early to fertilize the lawn but early March is a good time to aerate and top dress with compost. Rent an aerator that cuts plugs from the sod and lays them on the surface. Spread one-half inch of compost after aeration, and the organic material will filter into the channels to enrich the soil around the roots. One cubic yard of compost will cover about 648 square feet of lawn at one-half inch deep.

Early in the month is a good time to apply a per-emergent herbicide to prevent sand burs and crabgrass. Amaze and XL work well. For the best control, make another application at the end of May.

With the live oak trees bare for a few days, we notice the ball moss. The epiphyte (air plant) grows on dead or dying branches in the interior of the tree where humidity is high. The ball moss is not a parasite and is not hurting the tree, but if you don’t like how it looks, it can be killed with a Kocide (copper) spray.

In addition to tree branches, ball moss grows on utility lines if they are sheltered from the wind. The branches are dying because they are shaded and will decline whether the ball moss is there or not.

Expect your cool weather annuals to bloom well in March. If some were killed by the cold weather, zinnias and cosmos can be planted in full sun. Use begonias or coleus for color in the shade.

In the vegetable garden, plant green beans, summer squash, radishes and sweet corn this month. Greens, beets, carrots, turnips, onions and broccoli should keep producing. Harvest them as you need them.

Watch for hummingbirds on cross vines and columbines this month. Their bloom period coincides with the arrival of the spring migrants.

Begin the spray program on fruit trees when half to three-quarters of the petals have fallen. Use Captan for fungus and malathion or Sevin for insects. Organic gardeners can try neem oil, sulfur and Spinosad.

Calvin Finch PhD is a Horticulturist and Director with 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 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. Add some ‘glads’ to your garden (June 29, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. County Farm Bureau: Giving back to the community, more (June 29, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Dr. Johnson receives Honorary FFA degree (June 29, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Livestock Market Reports (June 29, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Pleasanton cowgirl represents Texas in Tennessee (June 29, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. TDA Market Recap (June 29, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Texas Hay Report (June 29, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. U.S. Cattlemen defend beef: Say no to ‘Meatless Monday’ (June 29, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. County committee nomination period begins (June 22, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Hartmann takes the steer by the horns to win state championship (June 22, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. La Vernia FFA wraps up school year with honors, scholarships (June 22, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Livestock Market Reports (June 22, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Root rot knocks out roses (June 22, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. TDA Market Recap (June 22, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Texas Hay Report (June 22, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. A student’s ag-related journey (June 15, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Family Land Heritage news (June 15, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Five dirty truths on agriculture (June 15, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Horseherb galloping through yards (June 15, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Kristin Storey: South Texas queen to compete for national title (June 15, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Livestock Market Reports (June 15, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Miller announces assistance for farmers devastated by floods (June 15, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. No “rain, rain, go away” as precipitation persists (June 15, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Schwartz takes lead as Texas state veterinarian (June 15, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. TDA Market Recap (June 15, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Texas Hay Report (June 15, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Texas Rural Leadership Program (June 15, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. It’s almost rodeo time in Stockdale (June 8, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Livestock Market Reports (June 8, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Save seed pods for next fall (June 8, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. TDA Market Recap (June 8, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Texas Hay Report (June 8, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Big Time Texas Hunts entries now on sale (June 1, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Burbridge leads the way in Buck Taylor roping event (June 1, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Farm Bureau solicits AgLead, FarmLead participants (June 1, 2016)
June 2016 Gardening Calendar (June 1, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Livestock Market Reports (June 1, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Save squash from vine borers (June 1, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. State Farm Bureau testifies on agricultural use valuation (June 1, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. TDA Market Recap (June 1, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Texas Hay Report (June 1, 2016)
Coupons ag-right
Allstate & McBride RealtyVoncille Bielefeld homeHeavenly Touch homeTriple R DC Experts

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