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September 22, 2013

ASK A MASTER GARDENER: Identify early and remove ragweed from your yard

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 ragweed growing in my flower bed. How do I remove it?

Common ragweed is a summer annual weed. It thrives in poor soil that lays undisturbed. It can grow 3-6 feet tall and has spikes of non-showy, greenish-yellow blooms in late summer and early fall.

A plant that is left to go to seed can produce more than 30,000 seeds, so your goal is to remove that plant before it flowers. Over the past several years, ragweed has developed a resistance to herbicides, which make it difficult to control. As a result, the best method is to identify the weed while it is 3-4 inches tall, remove it and dispose of it in the compost pile or trash.

I have a sick tree that is infested with green iridescent beetles. How do I get rid of them?

There are several varieties of green iridescent beetles; but they do very little, if any, harm to trees. Bring in a sample of the tree and we will identify it and determine what is wrong.

Did you know?

Hummingbirds are migrating to their winter grounds now (September-October) so feeders need to be out for them. Feeders should be cleaned every two or three days and refilled with fresh nectar as needed. The formula for the feeders is one part granulated sugar to four parts water; boil formula then let it cool. Do not add red color to the water because most feeders have red on them. Also, add nectar-rich, fall-blooming flowers to your garden such as flame acanthus, Turk’s cap, lantana, autumn sage, zinnia, honeysuckle (Mexican, coral, and cape).

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    The Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service of Parker County, in cooperation with the Parker County Master Gardeners, will conduct a workshop entitled Creating and Maintaining a Healthy, Drought-Tolerant and Sustainable Landscape.

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    In June, there were seven students who explored the flora and fauna of the rainforest through music at The Burch School of Music. Each child made his or her own rain stick, along with other crafts and art work. For two hours each day for five days, students explored a different level of the rainforest, starting with the emergent layer at the top, moving through the canopy, the understory, the forest floor and the rivers. They let bats fly (black balloons) and were eaten by a boa constrictor. On the last day they dressed as natives and drummed together.

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  • Republican Women to meet Aug. 14 at Doss

    The Parker County Republican Women’s monthly meeting will be Aug. 14 at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center in Weatherford. The meeting is open to the public. 

    July 31, 2014

  • 0727 loc peaster ffa.jpg Peaster FFA students attend state convention

    The 86th Texas FFA Convention was recently held in Fort Worth. Peaster’s Hannah Ford completed her year of service as a state officer. 

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Parker County Heritage Society to meet Aug. 19

    Parker County Heritage Society will meet Aug. 19 in the home of Nathan and Abby Hamessely at 410 W. Spring St. at 7 p.m. 

    July 27, 2014

  • AgriLife to offer parenting classes Aug. 19, 21

    The Texas AgriLife Extension Service of Parker County will offer parenting classes on Aug. 19 and 21, 2014, at the Parker County Agricultural Services Center. The classes will be from 1-5 p.m. each day and will include lunch. The cost to attend the class is $10 per person for the two-day class. Scholarships are available.

    July 27, 2014

  • CASA receives national certification for its efforts

    WEATHERFORD – CASA Hope for Children of Parker and Palo Pinto County has just been awarded certification by the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association. This certification recognizes that CASA Hope for Children is in compliance with National CASA’s high standards for quality child advocacy.

    July 26, 2014

  • 0725 loc whs ffa.jpg Weatherford FFA attends state convention in Fort Worth

    Members from the Weatherford FFA chapter attended the 86th annual Texas FFA State Convention July 14-18 in Fort Worth.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • DAILY RECORD: Marriages and deaths

    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

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    July 24, 2014

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