Weatherford Democrat

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February 9, 2014

ASK A MASTER GARDENER: Chittamwood a thorny problem

Here are this week’s gardening questions and answers, provided by Parker County Master Gardeners. To submit a question, send it to pcmgaquestions@gmail.com. For more information about Parker County Master Gardeners, or to become a member, call 817-598-6096 or visit www.pcmg-texas.org.

Can you identify the native tree on my property? The bark and leaves look like live oak; but it is small and scrubby, has long thorns and drops the leaves in winter.

This sounds like Chittamwood. This tree is usually found in open woods or along fence rows throughout Texas.

The leaves are thick and dark green on the upper surface, while the underside is tan and covered with hairs. Small white flowers bloom in early to mid-summer, and bluish black berries ripen in the fall.

This is an excellent tree for wildlife, but a bit unfriendly to humans due to thorns. If you mow around the tree or walk past it frequently, it’s a good idea to keep the lower limbs pruned.

I want to start a vegetable garden, but have clay soil. What is the best way to amend it?

Clay soil can be difficult to work with because it is tightly packed with tiny pore spaces.

Expanded shale will greatly improve the drainage. The rough granules in this product will create air pockets in the soil that will not degrade over time. You should add one inch of expanded shale and three inches of compost. Choose a day when your soil is fairly dry, and work both of these products in well. Your soil condition will be greatly improved and ready for vegetable plants this spring.

Soil test

Do you ever wonder what type of fertilizer is best for your lawn or garden? Now is a great time to complete a soil test.

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    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

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    The Aledo City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 24, in the Aledo Community Center, 104 Robinson Court, Aledo.

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    Two separate fires around 2 p.m. July 15 damaged a Willow Park business and destroyed the home of a Weatherford family.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear Editor,
     Thursday night, July 17, I was present for a surprisingly interesting experience when State Representative candidate Matthew Britt addressed a small group of supporters, followed by a question and answer session.

    July 22, 2014

  • ESD 1, Annetta South close on fire station site

    Parker County Emergency Services District No. 1 and Annetta South officials said Tuesday that the ESD is homing in on a site for a new fire station to serve residents in the Annettas and surrounding areas. Annetta South is expected to consider a zoning change to accommodate a new station next month.

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  • Registration has begun for Aledo ISD

    Aledo ISD enrollment for the 2014-15 school year began yesterday, July 21, and students new to the district need to register before school begins, Monday, Aug. 25.

    July 22, 2014

  • County scrambling to fill elections post

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