Weatherford Democrat

Local News

August 4, 2013

ASK A MASTER GARDENER: Plants best for summer planting, fall colors

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 want to plant seeds this summer for fall color. What varieties have the best chance of success?

Zinnia, marigold, cosmos, calendula, dianthus and snap dragon are all good choices. Remember, your sprouts will have shallow roots and may require daily watering when temperature soars.

I have a large planting of Turk’s cap and want to transplant some for my yard and to give to friends. When is the best time to do this?

Turk’s cap is a perennial that spreads from seedlings that sprout at the base of the plant. Seedlings up to 6 inches tall can be transplanted throughout the growing season. Seed pods can also be collected in the fall and planted in pots or in the garden the following spring.

You want to put some thought into the placement of a new planting of Turk’s cap. The growth of this plant is slow, but persistent. It can grow up to four feet tall with virtually no limit to its outward spread.

The plant has a significant tap root with a dense root system, making it difficult to remove a mature plant. If this is your goal, I recommend moving it during winter while the plant is dormant.

Be prepared to dig a very large hole, and to have new plants sprouting from the roots that remain deep in the soil. If you want to remove the plant entirely, you will need to use multiple applications of Round Up or a comparable product containing glyphosate.

I have identified chinch bugs in my St. Augustine grass. How do I get rid of them?

Chinch bug is a black, pinhead-sized insect with irregular white diamonds on its back. An infestation will cause dry, dead spots in the hottest areas of a St. Augustine lawn. These insects infest lawns with an excessive build-up of thatch – debris between the blades of grass caused by over fertilizing and over watering.

Thatch can be controlled by fertilizing only according to label recommendations, and by limiting water to one inch per week or less. Proper mowing practices will also help.

Products that provide satisfactory control of chinch bugs contain carbaryl (Sevin) or any of the pyrethroid insecticides.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 0416 loc WISD new HR director.jpg Chapman named WISD’s new Human Resources director

    Members of the Weatherford ISD Board of Trustees last week approved Monty Chapman as the district’s new executive director of Human Resources.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Accidental shooting reported

    Parker County deputies say a shooting that injured a man in the 8500 block of FM Road 1886 shortly after 5 p.m. Friday was reported to be accidental. 

    April 15, 2014

  • 20140307_120244 (2).jpg Garner student named one of top young artists

    Lily Youngblood, a Garner Elementary first grade student, was recently honored as one of the top 100 young artists in Texas by the Texas Art Education Association. Lily and her parents, Kristi and Clay Youngblood, traveled to the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum in Austin where students from across Texas came together for the award ceremony and reception. 

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • WCPAAA awards recipients at annual ceremony

    In recognition on National Volunteer Week, the Weatherford Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association held their Annual Awards ceremony April 9 at the city council chambers. Presidential Service awards were given out to members as well as years of service awards, followed up by a presentation of volunteer hours for 2013 to the City of Weatherford. 

    April 15, 2014

  • GoodCitizenship.jpg DAR hosts Good Citizen Award and chapter scholarship

    The Weatherford Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution hosted their annual luncheon March 25 at North Side Baptist Church in Weatherford, with 48 students, parents and grandparents, teachers and members attending.

    April 15, 2014 2 Photos

  • Pophin, Tommy.jpg PASTOR POPHIN: Hallelujahs to hisses

    I graduated from Baylor University in 1983. My mother worked as a cashier for Baylor from 1970 until 1995. She became the assistant head cashier and scholarship clerk many years before her retirement.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Barnwell completes Basics of County Investments course

    Honorable Jenny Barnwell, Parker County treasurer, has completed the Basics of County Investments course presented by the Texas Association of Counties.

    April 12, 2014

  • CASA logo panel.jpg CASA volunteer advocate training begins April 28

    Persons interested in becoming a volunteer advocate for abused and/or neglected children are invited to CASA-Hope For Children’s training that begins April 28.

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Alzheimer’s group to screen ‘Angel’s Perch’ locally

    The Alzheimer’s Association–North Central Texas Chapter will screen “Angel’s Perch” this Wednesday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center in Weatherford.

    April 12, 2014

  • Man charged with severely beating border collie

    A Parker County man was arrested Thursday after he was accused of beating a border collie with a metal bucket, breaking several of the animal’s front teeth.

    April 11, 2014

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video