June 07--CORPUS CHRISTI -- As soon as azaleas have finished flowering, apply an acid-type fertilizer at the rate recommended. Don't over-fertilize as azalea roots are near the surface and damage can occur. Water thoroughly after fertilizing.
LIEU OF LAWNS: A "In Lieu of Lawns" seminar is from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. Native Plant Society President Ellen Reisinger will explain how to use native plants and hardscape, in place of any or all of your lawn areas, to lower water use while attracting butterflies and other urban wildlife. Members free; nonmembers free with general admission. Information/reservations: 852-2100.
GARDEN TALKS AT GILL NURSERY: Garden talks at Gill Landscape Nursery, 2810 Airline Road, are from 10-11 a.m. Saturday -- Phillip Elbert will host "Outdoor Entertainment Spaces." June 14 -- "Succulent & Container Gardens with Merlien Wilder, clay artist. Free. Information: 992-9674.
LAWN SEMINAR: Learn how to transform your high-maintenance grass into a colorful, water-saving, wildlife attracting landscape at the "In Lieu of Lawns" seminar, from 10 to noon Saturday at the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. Native Plant Society President Ellen Reisinger tells how to use native plants and hardscape, in place of any or all of your lawn areas, to lower water use while attracting butterflies and other urban wildlife. Free with paid general admission. Information/reservations: 852-2100.
FATHER'S DAY AT THE GARDENS: Just say "Takin' a walk with my Dad," and dad gets in free Father's Day weekend, June 14-15 at the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. All other nonmembers pay general admission. Buy dad a membership this weekend, at 20 percent off, for a year's worth of free admission, Turner's Gardenland, Nature's Boutique and other discounts, free Saturday classes, plus 250 Reciprocal Gardens. Information: 852-2100.
MASTER GARDENERS: San Patricio Master Gardeners will host a brown bag from noon to 1 p.m.June 17 at the Aransas County Extension Office, 982 Airport Road, Rockport. Alyssa Burgin will discuss "Perpetual Drought?" a brown bag event. Free. Information: 361-790-0103.
HOT SEMINAR: Horticulturist Carol Krank knows and will share which plants actually thrive in South Texas summer heat, in the "Some Like it Hot" seminar, from 10 to noonJune 21, at the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. Free/members; nonmembers free with general admission. Information/reservations:-852-2100.
PLUMERIA SEMINAR: The South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center and the Plumeria Society of South Texas present "New Plumeria Passions" seminar from 10 a.m. to noonJuly 12 at the gardens, 8545 S. Staples St. Plumeria Society expert Frank Eicholz will discuss tips on purchasing special varieties, raising these exotic tropical beauties for residential yards, and lead a tour of the center's 100-plant Plumeria Garden and Willoughby Viewing Platform. A limited number of plants may be for sale. This seminar will give novice and intermediate plumeria growers basic knowledge before the Plumeria Society's annual Plumeria Sale to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.July 19 at Garden Senior Center, 5325 Greeley. The July 12 seminar is free with general admission. Information/reservation: 852-2100.
METAL IN MOTION 2: Mark "Scrapdaddy" Bradford's collection of art cars and other ingenious gigantic outdoor-scale scrap metal creations continues through Sept. 1 on the grounds of the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. A gallery full of Bradford's whimsical indoor-scale scrap metal sculptures runs through June 22 at the Art Museum of South Texas, 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd. The exhibit is included in general admission at both venues. Information: STBGNC, 852-2100 or AMST, 825-3500.
ASK THE GARDEN PRO
Q: How often should I mow during the summer?
A: A good rule of thumb is to remove about a third of the grass blade at any mowing. That reduces stress on grass from excessive blade reduction and makes it easier to cut. Most warm-season grasses typically are mowed weekly during the summer depending on variety and amount of fertilizer and watering.
Thin-blade grass like common Bermuda is easier to cut and may be able to go a little longer between mowings. Densely growing, wide-blade grass varieties like Floratam St. Augustine need more frequent mowing because the bulk of the moist grass blades can cause a mower to stall. Also, heavily fertilized lawns grow faster and need more frequent mowing. Less fertilizer and watering will slow down growth and may allow grass to go a few extra days between mowing.
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