If you might have had occasion to doubt the fact of our living in about as good of a place as any in our fair land, those fears might have been dispelled somewhat this past spring. Just about the time we think that the rain gods have deserted us, we seem to get our weekly allowance of required rain. The rains came in such a manner of scattered thunder storms & such that it made it somewhat difficult to keep up with the varying amounts over different communities of the County. There were reports of from about 1.8” to two inches on different ends of San Saba, with other areas of the County running anywhere from about 1.5” to 2-3 inches. It was all very welcome, but some of the good rains came in with a lot of windy thunderstorms.There have been some signs of some very strong winds late last week as several large limbs were blown off in yards around town. Some reports of high winds have also come in from the Pecan Grove & Harmony Ridge areas with some limb & tree loss, as well as some structures sustaining roof damage. The most intense storm we’ve heard of hit the Red Bluff area just across the Colorado toward Lometa. Trees were reported to have been blown over and several buildings being severely damaged. Mid-June always seems to be a fairly frequent period for severe thunderstorms. Guess some folks would blame it on Al Gore.We’re already past the mid-mark of June and the yards are finally starting to shape up. I know a lot of folks that get upset over the looks of their lawns during the late winter-early spring period when all the cool season weeds & grasses get way ahead of our lawn grass. San Augustine & common Bermuda grass are the local listed favorites for our area and, of course, are warm season species. A lot of the invasive species of weeds & grass that are cool season species don’t fare through our hot summers very well. Therefore, the time honored method of good weed control in the home lawn or sodded areas would be to fertilize per recommendation, mow regularly & water properly. A sharp garden hoe or light grubbin’ hoe makes a nice addition to the tool shed as well. If you’d like some good examples to refer to, you might want to visit with Roger & Sue Verette, John Bannister, Bob Whitten, or even Jarvis Shaw on the matter. Do not come looking at mine. I’ve been in this business too long, so with me, its’ a “do as I say & not as I do” sort of thing. You know, like when we were advising our children in their formative years.
Anyhow, that’s enough for the yard. It is about time to get back into the Pecan orchard next week, clean out the moth traps, & start monitoring & scouting for emergence on the 2nd generation, Pecan nut Casebearer. I’d imagine that the Mayor & yrs. truly will both be tending to such-said activities out around—————Harkeyville!!!!!