Weatherford Democrat

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June 9, 2013

Ask a master gardener

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.

I have beetles eating my rose blooms.  What are they, and what can I do about them?

The Kern’s Flower Scarab Beetle is attracted by nectar and pollen. It has appeared in abundance lately on roses, daylilies and other fragrant blossoms. The least harmful control is to remove them by hand. This is time consuming, but using an insecticide while the blooms are open may do more harm than good. The beetles will die, but so will beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies. The safest and most effective time to introduce control measures is in July and August when the beetle is in its larval form, commonly known as the white grub worm. We will discuss the choices of insecticide later in the summer when it is time to treat.

 

The rubber plant that belonged to my mother is looking pretty sad.  How can I revive it? 

The rubber tree is a tropical plant that can grow up to 10 feet tall. It requires a great deal of indirect sunlight. Never put it near a window that receives full sun, because that can burn the leaves. Keeping the large leaves clean using plain warm water will allow them to absorb more light. Water it regularly, but allow the soil to dry out a bit between watering times. Do not fertilize it until it has adjusted to its new location; then apply monthly fertilizer in the spring and summer. Use a liquid fertilizer and dilute it to half strength.

 

What can I do to get rid of nut grass?

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    Families and students from Weatherford Christian School gathered Monday night at the South Main Church of Christ Auditorium to learn more about the numerous missions that WCS partners with throughout their school year. This was a first-time event that gave families a greater insight to what each organization does and how the school is able to help make a difference in the lives of others by giving back to their community through service.

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  • Dr. Sheila Page Sheila Page to speak at PCRP meeting

    The Parker County Republican Party will hold its monthly meeting Thursday in the Strain Room located at Weatherford College (next door to the Doss cafeteria/meeting room) at 7 p.m. The meeting is free to attend and open to the public. 

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  • Brock ISD receives state ratings for STAAR testing results

    At its regular August monthly meeting Brock ISD trustees were informed of the new state district and campus ratings just received from Texas Education Agency.  The district, high school and junior high campuses received a rating of “Met Standard,” while the elementary campus was rated “Improvement Required.”  

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    August 13, 2013 1 Photo

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    Meet Thelma!

    August 13, 2013 1 Photo

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    August 6, 2013 1 Photo

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    July 2, 2013

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    June 22, 2013