Blanco County News
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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.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 • Posted April 25, 2013
On Saturday, April 13, young people and adults swarmed all over Blanco picking up litter carelessly left along the road side. The week prior to the trash-off event saw many Blanco City residents haul unwanted items to the city yard for disposal. Members of the City Council, friends and family along with city employees gave up their Saturday morning to cruising the streets for piles to junk left for collection.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 • Posted April 5, 2013
To plant or not to plant. That’s a big question. I hope you didn’t lose any newly planted transplants or seedlings during this last cold spell. Many gardeners will not plant until after Easter. Many will take a chance of having to re-plant. Keep a row cover near plants that could be damaged due to a late freeze.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 • Posted March 28, 2013
Seventeen days and counting to Blanco’s annual Trash-Off Event. This will be the 14th Trash-Off and 7th River Clean-up in as many years. On Saturday morning, April 13, volunteers will be hard at work picking up litter and trash along our streets. Keep Blanco Beautiful can use more volunteers. Call Retta Martin at 830-833-4720 to sign-up to help. The City Yard will be open the week before the Trash-off event (April 8-12) for those with vouchers (picked up at City Offices) to drop off large it ...
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 • Posted March 14, 2013
After the storm this weekend and the high winds late in February, there is much clean-up to be done. The sight of trash accumulating in the drainage ditches spoils the beauty of a Hill Country Spring. Please pick up debris along your property lines. The city and the county do not have the manpower, so take the initiative to Keep Blanco Beautiful by gathering bottles, fast food containers, and cans that are lying along the roadside in front of your residence.