Come learn about rainwater harvesting at AgriLife Extension’s Rainwater Harvesting Workshop! For a printable version of this flyer, click here!
Sod webworms are an annual occurrence here in the greater Houston area but some years the outbreaks are much worse than others. This year may be another bad year or on the other hand, just one with a very minor and scattered outbreaks. Residents have been calling and emailing the Extension Office with concerns about seeing small moths around their home and landscape again. There are many small tan/brown moths in nature and so you may be seeing something other than sod webworms. You can find a photo… Read More →
There are many things that can cause a lawn to decline and die. Drought, soil compaction, excessive shade, chemical injury, pests and diseases are among the many possible contributing factors. If you are watering and fertilizing properly, and if the turf is receiving adequate sunlight, the problem may be due to pests or diseases. The AgriLife Extension Office in Harris County can assist you with diagnosing your lawn problems. In order to properly diagnose your lawn problem we need to see a sample. Here is how to take… Read More →
Learn how to landscape your yard the EarthKind Way using research-proven techniques & adapted plants for Houston! Design, plant, and manage a landscape that is beautiful, low maintenance and environmentally responsible. March 21, 22, 28 & 29. 6:00pm to 8:00pm. 4 – two hour classes. Cost is $40 per household. Call 713-274-0959 to register or email Ute.Schaefer@ag.tamu.edu
If you are licensed irrigator or have in interest in landscape irrigation then we have two great programs for you in February. Drip Irrigation Workshop – February 14 This course provides an overview of drip irrigation systems design and management as well as a review of hydraulics of irrigation systems. Instruction is provided on the types of drip products available and how to evaluate their performance characteristics and quality. Topics include: advantages and disadvantages of drip irrigation in landscape applications and product selection. Instruction is provided on: Design… Read More →
There is no better water for plants than rainwater! Interested in learning about rainwater collection? Come learn in this hands-on workshop and go home with a rain barrel that you built yourself! When: Saturday February 11, 2017 Time: 9 a.m. to noon Location: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office 3033 Bear Creek Drive Houston, TX 77084 Cost: $50 fee includes lecture and supplies needed to build your rain barrel (fee due at time of registration) Learn about capturing, diverting and storing rainwater, the best water for your plants! Then… Read More →
We hit a bump in the road this year due to the tax day rains and the eventual flooding of our offices and growing beds at Bear Creek. At the writing of this blog, we are still in our temporary offices but hope to be back in our home offices soon. We were able to get a caladium trial planted off-site and here are the highlights. The caladiums were planted the first week of June, and evaluated for leaf color, uniformity of habit, resistance to insects and diseases… Read More →
A well-maintained irrigation system is vital to a healthy landscape. Weather you maintain residential, commercial or public landscape areas, this workshop will provide you and your technicians with the latest information. The speakers represent the top companies in landscape irrigation. Join us on Wednesday, October 19 to learn about the latest innovations in landscape irrigation and technology. Workshop Topics Smart Irrigation Controllers Troubleshooting an Irrigation System Irrigation Efficiency and Auditing Basic Precipitation Rates Drip Irrigation Systems Registration Fee – $35.00 CLICK HERE TO… Read More →
This year we have received many calls concerning tropical sod webworms, a common late summer to fall pest of turfgrass here in the Houston area. Callers say that numerous moths are flying out of the turfgrass when they walk across their lawns. There are numerous species of small moths in the landscape so this characteristic alone is not an identifying factor for diagnosing a sod webworm infestation. There are several species of sod webworms in Texas but it is the tropical sod webworm that is the most damaging… Read More →
The Greater Houston Plant Conference is a great opportunity to learn about new plants, breeding programs and ornamental plant trials in Texas and around the country. Come hear from industry experts about which shrubs, annuals and perennials you should be growing. Get your tickets early, we are at a new venue for 2016 with limited seating. REGISTER TODAY!