If you happen to be anything like the rest of us, then watering the lawn is becoming a tiresome project. In keeping our own yards, of which I have 3 to tend to, I’m a bit more prone to not pamper the turf grass as much as some, thus letting it get by on it’s own as much as possible. If you water your yard too much, it tends to make the grass more shallow rooted, and not very drought hardy. We’ve been “spot-sprinkling” over at Daddy’s, trying to keep the hot-spots from burning, while the more shady spots having been doing OK with the fairly regular rainfall we’ve been so fortunate to
As for Lady Z’s lawn, we try to mow it as often as needed, but have yet to turn on the sprinkler. Here again, the shady spot under the Cedar Elm looks alright, but the sunny part is beginning to suffer. Another benefit of not watering too often is that you don’t have to mow as much. You need to start thinking about getting your Fall fertilization out on the turf grass sometime during the next 30 days, while if you have any Pecan trees in the landscape or orchard, they can use a fertilization, accompanied by an irrigation this week. Nutlets that we’ve checked appear to mostly be in the gel stage, between the water & soft dough. An application of fertilizer and watering now will give the tree & nut crop the boost they need now for helping the kernels fill out better, while adding nutrients, mainly Nitrogen, to the trees that will help insure a better nut set next season.
The recent high temperatures and hot weather has limited this humble scribe to less travel around the County the past couple of weeks, hence gathering less news. In view of the situation, I reverted to an ol’ Columnist buddy of mine from the Kerrville days at the “Mountain Sun” of going back to the mid-August edition a year back, and looking up the news then. Susie Jimenez was on the front page being awarded the City “Employee of the Month” by Ken Jordan.
The members of the S.S. Extension Education Clubs that attended the District 7 retreat over at Lake Brownwood included Bonnie Harkey, Sherri Cradduck, Mary Jane Dennis, Phylliss Phoehlmann, Fran Hulgan, and Lynn Blankenship, accompanied by CEA, Carolyn McDowell.
Ms. Ransom of the Richland Springs Report was giving praise for the recent rain in their area and the Alamosa Wine Cellers down toward the Bend was hosting a grape stomp.
Ms. Sue’s “Cherokee Chatter” mentioned that Betty Ratliff’s family and friends had a fish-fry for her birthday. Around these parts, that is certainly a sure way to insure a full crowd.
I did happen to get to visit with a couple of ol’ High School buddies this past week. Phil Brown was in town visiting and was picking out a good watermelon from Peddler Perez on the Square that was reported to have come from the McKinnerney Melon patch up at Lakeview.
Wilbur Aylor and yrs. truly had a nice visit in the parking lot at the grocery store, catching up on old times and trying to find out what Joe Parks has been up to. Wilbur did mention the big Sis, Annette, is still an avid reader of the “News”, keeping up with old Hometown happenings.
The Mayor & I had a nice visit out at Harkeyville during the 1st half of the Monday night football game. Most of the discussion centered around the Pecan crop, rainfall reports, irrigation, Pecan Weevil (redhead) emergence, Aggie football chances, and news of ol’ Aggie buddies that we’ve visited with recently.
Son, Will celebrated his birthday this past Sunday trout fishing up near Durango with his Mom and Armand at their place on Vallecito Reservoir. Hopefully, he caught enough trout to bring in a couple for frying for his Granddaddy. Perhaps we might get to find out this weekend somewhere out around——————Harkeyville!!!!!!