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Wednesday, August 6, 2014 • Posted August 8, 2014
July flew by so quickly. It seems the regular garden chores haven’t been completed. This is the strangest summer, weather-wise, I can remember, but being a gardener we must prepare for the Fall Garden. Stop pinching mums, asters, blackberry vines, and poinsettias. Add a healthy layer of compost on your garden beds. Thin iris plants now, move to other areas of your yard, or share them with special friends. By the middle of the month, webworms may be a problem, especially in pecan trees.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 • Posted July 11, 2014
Have you noticed the cedars (Ashe Juniper) trees these past months? One of our citizens asked me about the trees dying and I had not noticed the trees until I made a trip to Dripping Springs. The diseased trees were obvious . Complete sections of cedars are brown, the tree limbs have dropped their needles and only bare branches remain.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 • Posted June 6, 2014
This is the beginning of spring produce harvest. Pick your vegetables in the cooler part of the day. Pick your produce in their prime before they grow too large and become tough and bitter. Your tomatoes may have black and brown spots on the bottom. This is called Brown root disease.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 • Posted May 9, 2014
April was a stormy, unpredictable and drier month than expected. The hail and wind damaged gardens, blooming fruit trees, landscapes, homes and automobiles. Many fruit trees bloomed, froze and bloomed again. The hail knocked off fruit that had formed. At this time our trees are without fruit, the plums are beginning to from and fig trees are forming leaves.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Posted April 4, 2014
It’s time for the hummingbirds and Purple Martins, so it’s time to fill the feeders and clean the Martin houses. I checked last years calendar and we saw the first hummingbird on April 1. The Purple Martin scouts are already here. To plan your spring and summer landscape choose a color scheme, then mass your colors, put colors where it will be most effective.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 21, 2014
Citizens of Blanco, the time is nigh to get rid of your household clutter. For those of you who live in the City, the City Yard (next to the recycling center) will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, April 7-11. All you need to do is pick up a voucher at City Hall and haul your stuff over there!
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 • Posted March 14, 2014
The exact words of one thoughtful young person were “Don’t be rude to the Earth” as she picked up a candy wrapper thoughtlessly discarded along a trail. Keep Blanco Beautiful April 12 by participating in the annual Trash-Off. Youth Groups, Scout Troops, High School and Middle School organizations form your teams for this year’s event! Volunteers will gather at Bindseil Park at 9 a.m.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 • Posted March 7, 2014
March is a very busy month for all gardeners. There is so much to do; pruning, preparing the soil, fertilizing the shrubs, trees, lawn and mulch to preserve water. Tomatoes seem to be the number one vegetable for home gardeners. There are many varieties, including hybrids and heirlooms. We each have our favorites but it is interesting to try a new variety each season.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 • Posted February 6, 2014
This “Global Warming” is freezing and ruining my plants. The weather forecasters are telling us only 40-50 days until Spring arrives. Most of the gardeners I have spoken with haven’t been able to spend time preparing the soil for Spring planting. Spring fever is becoming serious and there are some chores that should be done in February: Finish transplanting established trees and shrubs.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 • Posted January 27, 2014 • Photos
Three years ago, in 2010, the Blanco Chamber of Commerce added Blanco to the Hill Country Trail of Lights Brochure. For several years Keep Blanco Beautiful had decorated the Pecan Bottom and Bindseil Park as well as the city properties for Christmas. We had a vision of Blanco having a “Trail of Lights” so tour busses and people would not just bypass Blanco or their way to other towns with more to see.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 • Posted January 17, 2014
Christmas is coming down in Bindseil Park. Keep Blanco Beautiful volunteers worked hard to light up the park in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving Weekend. Now that the Christmas season is over, all those decorations and lights need to be packed away for next year. It is a big job to take care of the flowerbeds, maintain the paths and pick-up the litter as well as decorate for the holiday season.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 • Posted January 10, 2014
Happy New Year! How about this weather? I can’t remember having such cold weather so early for such a long time. It’s important to water your grass, before a prolonged freeze. Don’t water frozen plants with warm water; this will only damage the plants. Wait until the plants have thawed to water. January is the month to plant Cole Crops; these are broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 • Posted December 12, 2013
How quickly the year 2013 has passed. The annual Christmas lights of the downtown Blanco Square, November 29th, was exciting and beautiful. We had many out of town visitors. “Crazy” weather this year. The second freeze in November, froze many things. It’s time for trimming and mulching. Use two to three inches of mulch on perennials and shrubs.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 • Posted November 7, 2013
Containers filled with fall colors is a good way to add interest to your landscape. Check the soil each day and keep it moist. Plant bulbs and perennials during this season. They will have time to root before Spring begins. Planting bulbs and perennials will help with no constant re-planting. Cool season annuals for containers or landscape are: ornamental kale and cabbage, pansy, viola or Johnny Jump-ups, Snapdragon, alyssum, stock dianthaus, cycleman, oxolis, and Dusty Miller.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 • Posted September 13, 2013
Fall! I’ve been anxious for this time of the year. By the middle of September the weather will cool down enough to do the outside yard jobs. Fall is for planting: If you plan to re-do your landscapes by adding trees, shrubs and flowers, September and October is a good time.

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