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KBB Trash-Off & River Cleanup
Tuesday, April 15, 2008 • Posted April 14, 2008 10:00 PM

The 9th annual Trash Off and 2nd annual Blanco River Cleanup was a big success. Six 30 yd roll off dumpsters were filled to the brims, a pile of metal and appliances as high as a 1 1/2 story building, and a very high pile of wood was all collected at the City Yard on Jones Road. Five companies and individual volunteers took flat bed trailers and two front end loaders up and down the city streets to help people get their unwanted items to the dump site.

This year, used tires were brought by an individual and the city will pay the bill for recycling them this year. During the year, tires should be taken to a location that recycles them. They will collect the state fee of $2.00 per tire. Tires are one of the items that are an environmental health hazard and should not be left in the yards or dumped in the ditches. Unless they are under covered they fill with rain water and are a breeding place for mesquitos.

KBB wants to thank all of the youth groups that helped clean the river and the city easements. The boy scouts and high school ag department helped with the river and the middle school students helped on the city streets. I cannot brag on them enough.

I would like to thank Rebecca Howerton for all of the work during the year that she does to Keep Blanco Beautiful. She personally payed Charles Critchley two days a week for several months to keep our streets clean of litter. The city of Blanco has now hired Charles on those days. It has made a tremendous difference in our town and can be seen by the smaller amount of litter to be picked up on April 5th. Rebecca is our environmental liason with the city of Blanco to see that the ordinances and codes are enforced.

Thanks to all of the other volunteers with the city and KBB for helping to Make Blanco Beautiful and Keep Blanco Beautiful.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

The Blanco Trash Off on Saturday, April 5th, was very successful. This year was the 2 nd River Cleanup. It is a favorite of the teenagers and adults. We thank each of you for your help.

We are still doing Spring cleanup in the Bindsiel Park and the square. Many of the perennials are coming up again. We are in the process of moving the extras elsewhere. We will be adding new plants, fertilizer and compost, plus mulch.

It is now time to plant warm season vegetables and flowers such as; tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash, melons, corn and cucumbers. Wait one or two weeks to plant okra, peas and sweet potatoes.

The summer plants that can take the Texas sun are lantana, penta, moss rose, torenia, Dalburg daisy, cosmos, celosia, zinnias, marigold, salvias, cleome, firebush, copper plant and gomphrene.

If you are planting a new lawn from seed, bermuda or buffalo grass, you can begin to seed. The seed must be kept damp until the germination begins. Some days you may have to water twice. If you are installing sod, by squares, it must be kept wet until the grass begins to root. With sod it is very important to roll the grass. This is to be sure roots come in contact with the soil. It removes air pockets to discourage insects and disease. It isn’t necessary to fertilize the grass when it is installed. The growers fertilize before cutting. The roots are very tender and the feed will damage the grass. Wait until the grass has been mowed two or three times before fertilizing. Floratam St. Augustine has fewer problems and does better in the shade than other St. Augustine grasses.

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