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The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas · Page 26

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C6 THE DAILY NEWS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 1999 GALVESTON COUNTY, TEXAS r- Weeds can be a blessing The Associated Press Ever since the first plant was grown for food or beauty, the first gardener cursed the plants around it: weeds. A weed is any plant in the wrong place. Tomato seedlings that sprout where last year's fruit fell are weeds, but not the seedlings that you deliberately plant. Goldenrod is commonly thought of as weed in America but is grown in British flower gardens. Weeds can choke garden plants, robbing them of water, minerals, and if the weeds are tall and garden plants are small, light. But competition is a matter of degree. A rampant clump of smartweed surely will smother young carrots. But how much is a little purslane growing at the foot of cornstalks going to steal from them? But weeds have a positive side. First and foremost, they are protectors of our soil. Wherever ground is bared, weeds borne by wind, water and animals move in to protect the soil surface from being baked in the sun or carried off by water. Weeds add diversity to a planting that can help naturally balance minerals in the soil. Weeds also can tell you about a soil. Purple loosestrife, for example, is a sure indicator of wet soil, sorrel of an acid soil, and yarrow of an infertile, well-aerated soil. The particular weeds you have depend on where you garden and how you garden. Garden checklist includes rose care workshop T he arrival of July means the year is half over, the days are getting shorter and the hot temperatures of summer have set in for sure. We've been fortunate to have plentiful rains up to now, especially given the stress caused by last summer's drought on humans and plants alike. Indeed, it was pleasant to have had a spring growing season that lasted more than 15 minutes! This is the time of year when we might tend to neglect our plants in the landscape and garden. A little care now not only will help your plants withstand the rigors of summer weather, it also will reward you with a flush of color later on during the late summer and fall seasons. Critical gardening activities for July include the following: • Be sure to pencil in a notation on your July "Weekend Things-To-Do-List" to attend our program on roses. Pass the word also to all your rose- loving friends and neighbors that Saturday, July 31, is the date set for a "Rose Care Workshop" to be presented by Anna Wygrys, a Certified Texas Master Gardener. This will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the County Extension Office, 5115 State Highway 3 in Dickinson (281) 534-3413. There will be a 35mm slide presentation and demonstrations. Pruning techniques, variety selection, proper planting and insect and disease management will be discussed. 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While rainfall has been plentiful thus far (unusually so for this time of the year), it is very important that new transplants be provided adequate soil moisture at all times to avoid stressing plants. So if the monsoon season ends, get the water hoses out or turn on the sprinkler system. • Pruning old crape myrtle flowers: Crape myrtles are putting on a spectacular flower display this year. After crape myrtles put on their first full bloom, you can stimulate the plants to extend their flowering period by pruning the flower heads as soon as possible after they finish flowering. • Poinsettias: Periodic pinching of the ends of stems will promote the development of a bushier plant. Poinsettias should not be pinched after mid-July. • Taller lawns: Check the cutting height of your lawn mower. During hot, dry weather conditions, consider raising the lawn mower blade to a higher setting. 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They are best controlled with the application of a granular insecticide containing diazinon or dursban applied to the lawn in late June or early July. Follow up with a second application in 4 weeks. In the absence of rain, lightly water after applying the granular insecticide to maximize contact with the soil surface and hence the small, developing larvae. Once they have worked on an area of the turf later in the summer to the point that it's turning brown and it's loose like a carpet, they're already too big and too resistant to chemical control anyway, so it's best to just plan to replant this area. Next year, plan to put out an insecticide in late June or early July. • Webworms and bagworms: Webworms and bag- worms are often confused, but webworms are the ones that make the spider-like mass of webs around leaves near the tips of branches and bagworms are the ones that live inside brown bags that they drag along with them for protection. 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