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April is Wildflower Season!

wildflowers in grassy field“All signs point to a good wildflower season,” says Damon Waitt, the senior botanist at The University of Texas at Austin’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.  When you have a moment, check out the Wildflower Center website and its variety of wildflower resources and links to wildflower sightings.

 

April is also all about turf, weed, and fire ant management.

It will soon be time to apply spring lawn fertilizer for Bermuda and St. Augustine grasses.  It is also time to employ weed management strategies of mowing regularly, hand pulling weeds,  and mulching.  Using a herbicide is the strategy of last resort.   Apply baits laced with insecticide to continue the war on fire ants. Fire ants forage in the spring (and the fall), picking up the baits and returning to the mound.  In this month’s Ask a Master Gardener, Clara Mae Marcotte includes tips on lawn fertilization and why not to use a weed and feed lawn product.

Learn about daylilies at the April 17 Master Gardener program meeting:

orange daylily bloomProgram- Ray Elizondo, San Antonio Daylily Society. 6:30 pm refreshments, 7 pm program, 8 pm membership meeting.Visitors are always welcome.  Join us at the Guadalupe County Justice Center, 211 W. Court, Seguin.

Read the April Guadalupe Gardener to see what we’ve been doing and what we have planned.  Mark your calendar for the June 20th Summer Social (all the details are in the newsletter ).  If you need continuing education credits or volunteer hour earning opportunities you’ll find a variety of events from which to choose.  Check it out.

Join the Master Gardeners Every Saturday on the Radio!!!!

Photo of Bob at the radioTune in to Compost Bob Grafe and the Guadalupe County Master Gardeners every Saturday morning at 9 am for the Lawn and Garden Show on KWED 1580 AM.  Bob and his guests talk about everything from Trees to Compost and take your calls to answer your gardening questions –just call the listener line, 830.372.1580.   If you don’t have an AM radio receiver convenient, you can tune in over the internet.  Just go to KWED’s website and tune in!!!!!! Here’s what will air in April:

April 5 – Agrilife Extension Agent Charla Bading & Dr. Campos – Diabetes & Diet

April 12 – MG Nancy Masterson – NICE (Natives Instead of Common Exotics)

April 19 – MG Ryla Cottingham

April 26 – MG Larry Taylor – May Gardening Checklist

Remember the Master Gardener Office New Location

Our new location is at the Mary B. Erskine School in Seguin. It is at the corner of E. Krezdorn and N. River St. The school faces College Street but we will have access from Krezdorn Street. Signage for the Texas AgriLife Extension office is up on this back side of the school.

Contact Us!

Got a question about the Master Gardener Program or a gardening question? Have a gardening topic that you would like discussed on our weekly 9:05 am Saturday morning KWED 1580 AM radio show, send us a note — just click on “Contact Us” at the top of this page.

The Master Gardener of Guadalupe County is an educational and volunteer program offered by the AgriLife Extension Service of the Texas A&M University System. It is open to people of all ages, regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, handicap or national origin. The program is designed to increase the availability of horticultural information and extend horticultural projects throughout the community. These goals are implemented through the training and employment of local volunteers known as Master Gardeners.