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:
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
The wet spring, dry and hot summer, and then the wetness that followed gave birth to a bumper crop of burrs all over the ranch. We’ve had many suggestions about how to be rid of them, from home remedies such as corn meal, pre-emergent herbicides such as X L 2 G, or simply continuous mowing. From what I hear from neighbors, nothing seems to be the tried and true solution.
Jean Herring has recently found another approach. She found a reference to using sugar, yes, everyday granulated sugar, applied as a soil amendment. While not a quick solution, it seems that the sugar in the soil enriches the “good” bacteria, thus making the soil richer and less attractive to weeds. Over time, the grass burr weed has to compete with other plants and slowly dies out.
We are curious to know if anyone has actually tried this and if so, what result was realized? So please let us know. Our grandkids, visitors and pets will surely appreciate having a burr-free property on which to roam.
Here is an article on controlling Field Sandburs, (aka grass burs) by James A. McAfee, PhD, an associate professor with Texas A&M. We’ve all probably dealt with these stickers and/or continue to deal with them. We find them in the most interesting places inside the house, freshly washed and dried bath towels, socks, carpet and rugs, etc. Our Beagle finds them whenever she wanders around the pastures and open spaces around the house. She patiently waits until we come along to remove them from her pads. Hope this article is of benefit to you. FYI we will be using XL 2 g pre-emergent herbicide. The article provides a list of several other choices. Good Luck!
We are in the middle of Texas Native Plant Week. Consider adding natives to your landscape. Check out the Native Plant Society of Texas link below for more information on drought-tolerant native plants: www.nspot.org.
This is also the time of year to plant your butterfly garden for next spring/summer, best time to plant your wildflower seeds, etc. Several sites are available online to find seeds including the following: Wildseed Farms,www.wildseedfarms.com Native American Seeds,www.seedsource.com