Burn Ban Now In Effect

Colorado County has issued a burn ban and it’s in effect until further notice:

  •  NO outdoor burning is permitted per county ordinance.

  •  NO fireworks per county ordinance.

  •  Strict instructions for welding.

  • Includes other restrictions.

Please click on “Burn Ban.7-28” below to see the full order from the County.   Thanks for taking care of your neighbors!

Burn Ban.7-28

 

Time to Plant Wildflower Seeds for Next Spring

Bluebonnets_Spring2016
Bluebonnets_Spring2016

Now is the time to plant your wildflower seeds for next spring.   Any time is good during October or November before the cold weather gets settled in our area.   This gives the seeds plenty of time for germination before the spring sprouts come forth.   Be sure you keep the seeds moist by watering when it’s not raining.   We’re having a dry fall this year, so you may need to rely on watering your seed to have a nice wildflower crop next spring.   You can buy wildflower seeds most anywhere, but some packets on sale for our area do contain grass seed, too.   So, if it’s only wildflower seeds you’re looking for, be sure to check the back of the package to see just how many seeds are included inside.   Or you can buy from one of the wild seed sources listed on our website & below:

  • Wildseed Farms of Fredericksburg, TX, www.wildseedfarms.com;
  • Native American Seed of Junction, TX, www.seedsource.com.

Wildflowers not only add beauty to your landscape, but they bring in the pollinators necessary for our food crops.   Additionally, most wildflowers are not eaten by the deer except in extreme drought conditions making these flowers a great choice to add to your home here at Oakridge Ranch.

And don’t forget to send pictures of your wildflowers to ORWMA at oakridgeranchwma@gmail.com.

Live life outdoors!

Butterfly Garden, May 2013
Butterfly Garden, May 2013

Grass/Sand Burr & Spring Maintenance Seminar Follow-up

Stephen Janak, Colorado County Extension Agent
Stephen Janak, Colorado County Extension Agent

We had an informative seminar on spring maintenance held by our County Extension Agent, Stephen Janak.  Stephen gave us an overview of his background as well as many resources to use for our spring maintenance here in the Oak Prairie region of Texas, including ways to control grass or sand burrs on our properties.   Stephen’s contact information is below:

Stephen D. Janak, County Extension Agent – Agriculture & Natural Resources, Colorado County, Texas; 979-732-2082; http://colorado.agrilife.org/

There were about 20 property owners present for this seminar.   A delicious continental breakfast was served by Jean Herring.  Thank you, Jean, for all your hard work on all ORWMA’s events and meetings!

Habitat Seminar, 02-27-2016
Habitat Seminar, 02-27-2016

ORWMA hopes to have at least one seminar of this type each quarter during 2016. We hope all our neighbors here at Oakridge Ranch can join us for those later this year.

Live life outdoors!

Habitat Seminar, Feb 27th on Grass/Sand Burs & Spring Maintenance

ORWMA President R. C. Lumpkin and Habitat Chairperson Vernon Wallace are pleased to present our first Habitat seminar of 2016: 

Please join us at 10 AM, Saturday, February 27th, Oakridge Community Center.

Presented by Stephen D. Janak, County Extension Agent – Agriculture & Natural Resources, Colorado County, Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service. 

Program Topic: Control of Grass/Sand Burs and Other Spring Maintenance. 

This should be an interesting and informative session.  Hope to see you all there!

Crazy Ant Seminar at Colorado Cty. Ag Center – Dec 1st

Hello fellow landowners:

This is an invitation to attend a program sponsor by Texas A&M about CrazyAnts from our local County Extension Agent, Stephen Janak.   These pesky little ants are harder to get rid of than fire ants; I would highly recommend attending this program.     [Please see linked attachment below for details.]

Thank you,
Vernon Wallace
ORWMA Habitat Chairman

CrazyAntSeminar_2015

Field Tour for Landowners On November 14th

Wildlife Habitat Federation Field Tour – Plant identification for landowners and landscape professionals:  

This program will be held on November 14th in Cat Spring, TX as part of the Southern Plains and Prairies Conference.  While visiting nearby relict tracts of native prairie and those restored as part of WHF’s Corridor Program, participants will have a hands-on opportunity to learn to recognize native prairie species from some of the top plant identification experts in the state.  Three CEUs will be offered to pesticide applicators: two in General and one in IPM.  Registration is $25 per person at the door only.   Participants will be provided with transportation, refreshments, lunch, and handout materials.  Participants will meet at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Cat Spring (480 Ross Street) starting at 8:30am, and the program will run until 3pm.  Participants are asked to RSVP by Friday, November 6th: 979-865-2072 or online at: http://www.whf-texas.org/nov14.15flyer.html