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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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    Marriages and deaths recorded from July 16, 2014 to July 22, 2014. This information is being provided as a courtesy by the Parker County Clerk. Every effort is made to see that the information is correct and complete. The Parker County Clerk is not responsible should there be an error within the information provided.

    July 25, 2014

  • Dept. of State Health Services releases Aug. schedules

    Texas Department of State Health Services immunization clinics for August:

    July 24, 2014

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    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Weatherford DAR to host summer workshop

    Weatherford Chapter-DAR will be hosting the District II summer workshop with 94 members from across North Texas attending on Saturday, July 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Side Baptist Church.

    July 23, 2014

  • Painting with a Twist/Painting with a Purpose

    Looking for a fun night out? Join us for the Parker Paws Painting with a Purpose fundraiser from 7-9 p.m. 

    July 20, 2014

  • DAILY RECORD: Marriages and deaths

    Marriages and deaths recorded from July 9, 2014, to July 15, 2014. This information is being provided as a courtesy by the Parker County Clerk. Every effort is made to see that the information is correct and complete. The Parker County Clerk is not responsible should there be an error within the information provided.

    July 19, 2014

  • Master Gardener training orientation dates set

    The Parker County office of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be offering a Master Gardener Intern Training Course this fall. 

    July 19, 2014

  • Soulis named to Dean’s List at Washington University

    ST. LOUIS — Johnathon Taylor Soulis, of Weatherford, was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2014 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Soulis is enrolled in the university’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.

    July 19, 2014

  • CASA - Hope for Children unveils new website, videos

    CASA-Hope for Children has always been able to help 100% of the neglected and abused children taken into the foster care system, but because of the overwhelming number of children that have been taken into the system that may not be the reality much longer. 

    July 18, 2014

  • Driver speed, seatbelt compliance surveys show improvements

    The Weatherford Police Department utilized grant funding from the Texas Department of Transportation to fund overtime salaries for extra enforcement during the week of the Fourth of July. The extra patrols worked to ensure drivers were complying with posted speed limits, wearing seatbelts and were not driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in an effort to keep our local roadways safe.

    July 18, 2014

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