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Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 4, 2013

Oak Wilt is a complicated, distributed fungal disease. Live Oaks and Red Oaks are the trees that die from the disease.

This disease invades and disables the water conducting system in diseased trees. When adding more trees to your landscape, plant a variety of trees; this includes the White Oak family of Post Oak, Bur Oak, Mexican Oak (Monterrey), and Chinkapin Oak. These are resistant to Oak WIlt. Contact the Blanco County extension office in Johnson City; they should be able to refer you to a reliable treatment company.

KBB (Keep Blanco Beautiful) has been working near the pergola in the park. Many of the plants need to be thinned or removed and planted elsewhere or the plants given to friends. We are dividing iris and daylilies. The remaining plants will be fertilized and mulched.

We planted a Vitex tree this month, near the pergola. This plant has purple blooms. Vitex is drought-tolerant and loses its leaves in the winter. It is a small tree or large shrub. It depends on how it is pruned. We fertilize the tree when we water and feed the lawn. Once established, it will use minimal water. Be sure to use mulch.

Spread a light layer of compost over your lawn and you will have a lush lawn this next Spring.

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