Author Archives: smithcountyagriculture

St. Augustine Lawn Care

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County  Spring Lawn Care For many homeowners, the lawn can add a certain aesthetic appeal.  In East Texas common warm season turfgrass varieties include bermudagrass, centipede, St. Augustine, and zoysia grass.  Having a nice green lawn is an investment and requires maintenance to keep that lawn looking its best. St. Augustine grass is a popular warm-season turfgrass species for many home lawns.  St. Augustine grass is a medium to dark green and course, textured grass.  It has… Read More →

Armadillos

Nine-banded Armadillo doing dinner in the Live Oak community surrounding Welder Wildlife Complex by Anna Livia https://naturetourism.tamu.edu/2011/09/07/where-the-wild-things-are-at-welder/   Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County   Armadillos Have you noticed digging in your lawn, garden or flower beds?  You could have armadillos rooting around looking for food.  Proper identification of the animal causing the damage to your lawn or garden can help you decide what to go to mitigate the damage. Armadillos weigh between 8 to 17 pounds and can be around 30… Read More →

Tri-County Beef and Forage Workshop

Ticks

  Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County Ticks  Ticks are biting pests that can affect pets, livestock and humans alike.  Lone star ticks live in wooded areas with underbrush, along creeks and rivers near animal resting places.  The brown dog tick is the most common tick in urban areas. Ticks can belong to either of two family groups: “hard ticks” (Ixodidae) and “soft ticks” (Argasidae).  Ticks develop through four stages: egg; six-legged larva or “seed ticks”; an eight-legged nymph; and adult. Adult… Read More →

Weeds

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County   What is a Weed?   The name “weed” has usually been associated with plants, both native and of foreign origin, that are not desirable.  From the agronomic standpoint, a weed is described as “a plant that can cause economic loss in a production unit.”  Many gardeners and home landscape managers view a weed as a “plant growing out of place.”  Still others view a weed as a “plant whose virtue has yet to be discovered.”… Read More →