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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a class being offered to all in Colorado County. Since Oakridge Ranch has won the Lone Star Land Steward Award, this will be of particular interest to Oakridge Ranch landowners. Hope to see you there!
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:
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.]
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
Douglas Mason recently gave us an update about some of the hogs he has removed from Oakridge Ranch. Douglas says that some of these hogs exhibited symptoms of pseudorabies.
This is not rabies in the common sense, but a viral infection carried by swine in many parts of the world. Psuedorabies is a viral infection caused by Suid herpesvirus 1 (SuHV1). The term “pseudorabies” is not an accurate term for the virus as it has nothing at all to do with the rabies virus.
Attached is a short primer from Texas A & M University on a few diseases carried & transmitted by feral hogs.