Monday, August 12, 2019

Selection, Planting and Care of Your Trees

Get ready for tree planting season! There are many types of trees, such as ornamental or fruit trees, understory or large shade trees, deciduous or evergreen trees, that are native to Central Texas and will thrive here. Matching a tree’s characteristics and growing requirements with your personal preferences is the first step to successfully adding or replacing trees that will increase the value of your property and bring you enjoyment for many years.

Please join Master Gardener Jerry Naiser, as he takes you through the steps of selecting, planting and caring for your trees. Planting the tree in the right season, ideally between October and April here in Central Texas, allows the tree’s roots to grow and get established before the heat of the summer is upon us.

Jerry will highlight proper steps in planting that help reduce transplant shock and root damage to the tree. Providing care immediately upon planting and regular preventive maintenance ensures the tree’s successful development and growth. Regular inspections, pruning, mulching, and fertilizing will catch problems early and provide the environment for a tree’s long and healthy


September 14, 2019, from 10 AM to 12 PM
Austin Area Garden Center at Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Springs Rd,  Austin, TX 78746

No registration is required. Attendance to the seminars open to the public with paid park entrance. Park entrance fees are $2 per adult, $1 per child (ages 3-12) or seniors (age 62 & over), and $3 for non-Austin residents. Cash or check accepted.

The lot at the visitor center is often full on Saturdays. Additional parking to the garden is available on Stratford Drive.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Generation Next - Is it YOUR Turn to Ranch?

Have you ever dreamed of being a Texas rancher? Generation Next: Our Turn to Ranch is a 12-week online course to be offered Aug.18-Nov. 9 by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

The agri-business start-up program is aimed at helping new landowners or those who want to start an agricultural operation on an existing ranch. It's all online and taught by professionals in each field and topic. A new topic is covered each week that takes about an hour and a half to complete.

Topics included are:

  • How to start up an agricultural business
  • Understanding business taxes
  • Insurance, finance, and market fluctuations
  • Grazing and wildlife management leases
  • All the latest land management tools and techniques
  • Alternative operations to add to the business

Course Includes: 12 online classes of Expert Instruction, Generation Next t-shirt, and a Generation Next School Completion Certificate.

To secure your spot, please register at: or call 979-845-2604.

The cost is $120 for the entire course.

More information and a printable flyer can be found here: