Friday, April 22, 2016

May Seminars

Dealing with Drought - Tree Care
Thursday - May 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County
1600 Smith Rd,  Austin, TX 78721

Many trees are stressed by prolonged periods of hot, dry weather. Selecting trees that use water efficiently is one way to make your landscape more resistant to drought. Learn about several tree maintenance procedures to increase a tree’s chance during drought such as mulching, proper pruning, limiting fertilization and supplemental irrigation.
Lara Schuman, an ISA Certified Arborist and Program Manager at City of Austin Urban Forestry, will share her knowledge on caring for trees.

Cost: $10 through 5/2; $15 starting 5/3 and on-site
NO cash accepted – checks and credit cards only.
Space is limited so register on-line early to reserve your seat!
 
Register: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty
Register by Phone: 979-845-2604
Contact: Sue Carrasco, 512-854-9610 or sacarrasco@ag.tamu.edu


Firewise Gardening
Saturday - May 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78746

A fire action plan saves lives and property through advance planning. Learn how to take steps to protect yourself and help first responders help you! Master Gardener Cher Coleman will provide you with landscaping tips to create a defensible space, things you can do to make your home more fire resistant. Review checklists for family preparedness, disaster plans and evacuations provided by the Texas Forestry Service and the Austin Fire Department.

Seminar is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required.
Zilker park entrance fee is $2 per adult, $1 per child (ages 3-12) or seniors (age 62 & over), $3 for non-Austin Residents. Cash or check accepted.
 
For more information contact: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Travis County, 512-854-9600

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

East Austin Garden Fair - Saturday!

Come to a great garden fair - Rain or Shine! Saturday - April 16, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center - Gymnasium
2608 Gonzales Street, Austin, TX 78702
 
Free: Admission, Plants (vegetables & herbs), Garden buckets, Garden books/magazines and soil screening for food gardeners. Easy instructions for soil sampling at http://austintexas.gov/soilkitchen
 
Visit with friendly gardeners regarding:
  • Bee Keeping, Backyard Chickens, Bugs & Butterfly Gardening
  • Growing Fruit, Citrus, Vegetables & Herbs
  • Preserving Your Harvest & Food Safety
  • Lawns, Turfgrass & Tree Care
  • Drip Irrigation Methods & Rainwater Harvesting
  • Straw-bale Gardening, Grow Boxes & Keyhole Gardens
  • Firewise Landscaping & Native and Adapted Plants
  • Composting Basics & Worm Composting
  • Houseplants, Terrariums, Greenhouses & Hoophouses
  • Aquaponics, Community Gardens & Bio-intensive Methods
  • Caring for Garden Tools & much more!
 
Kids will have a great time with 20 activities on bugs, birds, bees, butterflies, seeds, herbs, leaves, soils and seeing nature up close. Get an apron and build a tool box at the Home Depot Kid's workshop.
 
For more information, please call 512-854-9600
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/travis/local-extension-resources/east-austin-garden-fair/ 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Rainwater Harvesting for Landscape Use

Thursday, April 14, 2016
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County
1600-B Smith Road, Austin, 78721


Take advantage of a rainwater collection system to help your landscape, trees and lawn survive Central Texas’ drought conditions. Master Gardener Ed Parken will discuss ways to collect rain, how to use it and ways to add art to a tank. He will provide a tutorial on PVC pipe construction and a tour of the rainwater collection system at the AgriLife Extension Service - Demonstration Garden.

Cost: $15  - NO cash accepted - checks and credit cards only.
Space is limited so register on-line early to reserve your seat!

Register: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty
Register by Phone: 979-845-2604
Contact: Sue Carrasco, 512-854-9610 or sacarrasco@ag.tamu.edu

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Dealing with Drought in the Landscape series.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Great Events for April!

Rainwater Harvesting for Landscape Use
Thursday, April 14, 2016
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County
1600-B Smith Road, Austin, 78721

Take advantage of a rainwater collection system to help your landscape, trees and lawn survive Central Texas’ drought conditions. Master Gardener Ed Parken will discuss ways to collect rain, how to use it and ways to add art to a tank. He will provide a tutorial on PVC pipe construction and a tour of the rainwater collection system at the Extension Office Demonstration Garden.
 
Cost: $10 through 4/4; $15 starting 4/5 and on-site
NO cash accepted - checks and credit cards only.
Space is limited so register on-line early to reserve your seat!
Register: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty
Register by Phone: 979-845-2604
Contact: Sue Carrasco, 512-854-9610 or sacarrasco@ag.tamu.edu
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Dealing with Drought in the Landscape series.




A Passion for Plants: An East Austin Garden Fair
April 16, 2016 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center
2608 Gonzales Street, Austin, TX 78702
Rain or Shine – come enjoy this great FREE event.

Ask the experts and get garden ideas.
Lots of kid-friendly activities!
Free vegetable, herb and ornamental plants
Free Soil Screening for food gardeners – Bring a 2-cup soil sample in a quart zip lock bag. Easy instructions for soil sampling at http://austintexas.gov/soilkitchen

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Travis County Master Gardeners, and Austin Parks & Recreation present the 10th annual East Austin Garden Fair. Free and open to the public, this fun, hands-on fair involves community members in creative, low-cost ways to grow vegetables, herbs and fruit to improve the family diet as well as information about Earth-Kind landscaping. Travis County Master Gardeners offer University-based information to fairgoers on a diverse variety of horticulture topics, while Community Partner Organizations provide information on closely-related services, programs and projects.

The fair features an assortment of DIY and demonstration activities, including building a rain barrel, raised bed or compost bin, and information about waterwise irrigation methods and gardening in containers and straw bales. Learn how to care for house plants as well as your garden tools! Booths on backyard chickens and beekeeping are a big hit with all ages and there will be plenty of activities for kids.

Long-standing community partners and new participants include the Sustainable Food Center, Green Corn Project, Home Depot Kid’s Workshop, Austin Public Library, Austin Fire Department, Austin Resource Recovery/Kansas State Univ, City of Austin-Urban Forestry, Brite Ideas – Aquaponics, Hydroponics & Organics, Austin Herb Society, 4-H CAPITAL AmeriCorps, Travis County 4-H, Travis Co Master Wellness Volunteers and Travis County Cooperative Extension Program-Prairie View A&M University.

For more information, please call 512-854-9600 or visit:
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/travis/local-extension-resources/east-austin-garden-fair/


Friday, March 4, 2016

Lawn Maintenance Seminar from Daphne!

Thursday, March 10, 2016
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County
1600-B Smith Road, Austin, 78721


When there are drought conditions in Central Texas, landscape plants become water-stressed so it’s important to look at how you are caring for your lawn to help it survive. Learn how to look for signs of insects, diseases and weeds. Find out the best way to water, fertilize, and mow your lawn.

Daphne Richards, County Extension Agent—Horticulture, leads educational programming in the areas of home horticulture, urban agriculture, and the green industry and will share her knowledge on lawn maintenance.

Cost:  $15 - NO cash accepted - checks and credit cards only.

Space is limited so register on-line early to reserve your seat!

Register: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty
Register by Phone: 979-845-2604
Contact: Sue Carrasco, 512-854-9610 or sacarrasco@ag.tamu.edu

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Dealing with Drought in the Landscape series.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Lawn Maintenance for Water Conservation

Thursday, March 10, 2016
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County
1600-B Smith Road, Austin, 78721


When there are drought conditions in Central Texas, landscape plants become water-stressed so it’s important to look at how you are caring for your lawn to help it survive. Learn how to look for signs of insects, diseases and weeds. Find out the best way to water, fertilize, and mow your lawn.

Daphne Richards, County Extension Agent—Horticulture, leads educational programming in the areas of home horticulture, urban agriculture, and the green industry and will share her knowledge on lawn maintenance.

Cost: $10 through 2/29; $15 starting 3/1 and on-site
NO cash accepted - checks and credit cards only.


Space is limited so register on-line early to reserve your seat!

Register: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty
Register by Phone: 979-845-2604
Contact: Sue Carrasco, 512-854-9610 or sacarrasco@ag.tamu.edu

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Dealing with Drought in the Landscape series.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Insects are Important!

Thursday, February 11, 2016
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Learn about insect ecology and how you can help.   The talk covers why insects and other arthropods are important to humans and other animals, how drought impacts various insect groups and how people can help attract and keep insects in their yard even in times of drought.

Wizzie Brown serves as Program Specialist – IPM in the Austin metroplex encompassing Travis County and surrounding counties.  Visit her blog at http://urban-ipm.blogspot.com/

Cost: $15. No cash accepted - checks and credit cards only.
 
Location: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis Co, 1600-B Smith Road, Austin, 78721

Space is limited so register on-line early to reserve your seat!
 

Register: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty
Register by Phone: 979-845-2604
Contact: Sue Carrasco, 512-854-9610 or sacarrasco@ag.tamu.edu

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Dealing with Drought in the Landscape series.