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July 20, 2018
As I walked my dogs last night and swatted mosquitos off of me, I noticed little creatures swooping to and fro between the trees all along my street – bats! I love bats! “A single bat can eat up to 1,200 mosquito-sized insects every hour, and each bat usually eats 6,000 to 8,000 insects each night.”(motherearthnews.com) – Thats the kind of wildlife I want around my house:)! Next time you are walking at dusk – look up, they are easy to see with the dimming night sky as a back drop.

Did you know that Texas is the “battiest state in the country”?!?! Read more about these very misunderstood animals below.

Bat-Watching Sites of Texas

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July 19, 2018
This is a great article about managing your lawns.

Water-Wise Tips for Turfgrass offered by AgriLife Extension | AgriLife Today

Manage your lawn properly through the heat of the summer.

Water-Wise Tips for Turfgrass offered by AgriLife Extension


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July 16, 2018
Blasted Chinch bugs!!!

Diagnose early…

Randy Lemmon

Once it’s hot enough in Houston, it’s not long before the dreaded chinch bugs come to suck the life out of our St. Augustine turfgrass. They especially like to chew up lawns that aren’t taken care of very well. In other words, well-watered and well-fertilized lawns are the best way to keep chinch bu…

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July 13, 2018
The mint and basil are doing great…
A great refreshing watermelon salad is in order!

This is my new obsession. You can use mint or basil for this recipe.

Watermelon cut in bite size pieces
-mint (or basil) chopped
-Feta crumbles
-Balsamic reduction drizzled on top
-a pinch of sea salt


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July 13, 2018
Boy is it hot!

Our gardens are feeling it too. Make sure to water deep and keep everything mulched.


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June 30, 2018
Beware! Palms in trouble…
We have seen many clients’ trees affected, please read attached information about the most hard hit areas…

MANAGEMENT:
AT THIS TIME, THERE IS NO CURE FOR THIS LETHAL DISEASE BUT THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS CAN HELP CONTAIN IT.
* Do not move palm trees from the core quarantined area or from areas directly around these areas mentioned.
* If you are buying palm trees, then purchase them from areas well outside of these quarantined areas.
* Have your tree tested prior to removal if it is suspected of having this disease.
* Make sure pruning tools are sanitized between trimming each palm tree (this should always be done).
* Special antibiotic injections should be performed to the trees. (The injection of the formula does not kill the disease, but it helps prevent it from reproducing to levels that are toxic to the tree.)



NOTICE OF QUARANTINE TO THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
Kemah, Texas
El Lago, Texas
Seabrook, Texas

WARNING OF POSSIBLE FUTURE SPREADING TO THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
Clear Lake, Texas
Bayview, Texas
La Porte, Texas

TREES AFFECTED ARE:
All parts of the Canary Island date palm, Phoenix canariensis; silver date palm, Phoenix sylvestris; queen palm, Syagrus romanzoffiana; cabbage palm or sabal palm, Sabal palmetto; and the date palm, Phoenix dactylifera are quarantined.

MANAGEMENT:
AT THIS TIME, THERE IS NO CURE FOR THIS LETHAL DISEASE BUT THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS CAN HELP CONTAIN IT.
* Do not move palm trees from the core quarantined area or from areas directly around these areas mentioned.
* If you are buying palm trees, then purchase them from areas well outside of these quarantined areas.
* Have your tree tested prior to removal if it is suspected of having this disease.
* Make sure pruning tools are sanitized between trimming each palm tree (this should always be done).
* Special antibiotic injections should be performed to the trees. (The injection of the formula does not kill the disease, but it helps prevent it from reproducing to levels that are toxic to the tree.)

For your convenience, We have included numerous links with interactive maps of the area and also literature with more in depth detail about this disease and areas of concern.

Palm Professionals has been hired to consult local municipalities, test, treat, and monitor this disease for years now and our documentation, laboratory test results, and field studies show this disease to be spreading more in these core areas than other areas around greater Houston. Our current estimated loss of individual palm trees is in the quantity of hundreds and monetarily estimated to have approximately loss of over $2,000,000.00

We will update our Facebook page with more results and details as they arrive, as we still have laboratory results coming in and more quarantines that will soon be issued around the greater Houston area.

Follow our page for future updates and we will keep you informed of any updates as they arrive.

Acknowledgements and Resources:

* Palm Professionals Tropical Nursery (Palm Tree Specialists that were hired as a palm tree consultant to numerous municipalities, provide the field tests and samples, provide treatments, and monitoring future spread of this disease)

* Texas Department of Agriculture (Administering quarantines and regulations, providing interactive maps)

* Texas Secretary Of State. (Texas Administrative Code
QUARANTINE RULE §19.53 Restrictions)

* University of Florida IFAS Extension

http://www.palmprofessionalstropicalnursery.com/

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1XdLXrMKUYu3aj7jEw4ZVgdTtuPQ&ll=29.55340331761616%2C-94.97114942944336&z=12

https://www.texasagriculture.gov/RegulatoryPrograms/PlantQuality/PestandDiseaseAlerts/DatePalmLethalDecline/DatePalmLethalDeclineInformation.aspx

http://texreg.sos.state.tx.us/public/readtac$ext.TacPage?sl=R&app=9&p_dir=&p_rloc=&p_tloc=&p_ploc=&pg=1&p_tac=&ti=4&pt=1&ch=19&rl=53

https://www.texasagriculture.gov/Portals/0/Files/ACP/PQ/Quarantines/DPalmDecline_TAC_19_Subch_E.pdf

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pp163

We will update our Facebook page with more results and details as they arrive, as we still have laboratory results coming in and more quarantines that will soon be issued around the greater Houston area.

Follow our page for future updates and we will keep you informed of any updates as they arrive.

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June 14, 2018
Don’t reach for that insecticide so quickly!

Not all bugs are harmful. Some are even beneficial. Sometimes we just need to let them do their job;)

https://agrilife.org/harrishort/2015/05/26/barklice-not-as-bad-as-you-think/

Barklice: Not as bad as you think | Harris County Horticulture Blog

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June 7, 2018
Don’t cover your roots with inches of top soil – this could damage your tree.

Let us instal ground cover, such as Asian Jasmine, to hide the unsightly roots in the yard. This landscaping choice cuts down on water and mowing! – and looks amazing!

Can I Put Soil Over Exposed Tree Roots?

Putting soil over tree roots can be harmful. How can this hurt a tree? Learn why here, plus better alternatives for covering exposed roots.

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May 18, 2018
Fire ants are in full swing…

http://articles.extension.org/pages/14345/fire-ant-control:-the-two-step-method-and-other-approaches

Fire Ant Control: The Two-Step Method and Other Approaches – eXtension

Home > How to Kill Fire Ants > When it comes to insect pests, fire ants would probably top everyone’s list! Red and black…

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April 19, 2018

Because I see our Pom trees fruiting I had to share this – One of my favorite times of the year is harvest time. So delicious!

And a beautiful addition to the landscape. They do great in our area. And are easy to care for.

Yum…can’t wait for September;) Well, maybe, lets enjoy summer first;)!

Finally know how to cut a pomegranate