NMSU to Host Turfgrass Irrigation Workshop Series in Albuquerque Beginning March 29

DATE: 03/22/2019 WRITER: Jane Moorman, 505-249-0527, jmoorman@nmsu.edu CONTACT: Sara Moran-Duran, 505-243-1386, samoran@nmsu.edu ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico State University’s Extension turfgrass specialist Bernd Leinauer will conduct a series of workshops on turfgrass irrigation in Albuquerque beginning Friday, March 29. With the new irrigation season about to start, NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service in Bernalillo County is offering the series of workshops addressing how to determine irrigation requirements, how to water efficiently using information from an irrigation audit, and how to install a subsurface irrigation system. “Turfgrass irrigation…

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2019 Master Composter Volunteer Training Course

Coming soon … Do you like to compost and want to learn more about it and, most importantly, share your knowledge with others? Do you want to encourage others to recycle their organic waste and prevent this valuable resource from going into the landfill? Then you are a perfect candidate to be a Bernalillo County Master Composter. We are currently accepting applications for the Spring 2019 Master Composter Volunteer Training Course. The course consists of about 25 hours of lecture, demonstration, and discussion. Applicants should have current home composting…

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Southwest Plant of the Month – Hill Country Penstemon – Penstemon triflorus

General Information Plant Form Flower Plant Size 2′ x 1′ Plant Type Perennial Water Usage Low Sunlight Sun, Partial Shade Colors Red Physical Description:  Small bushy stature with multiple, short flowering stems just rising over the compact mass of dark green leaves, carrying a number of slightly fuzzy cherry-red, 2′ long flowers. Care and Maintenance:  Remove spent stems to maintain compact bushy appearance.  Needs well draining soil.  Gardener’s notes:  This central Texas native is well adapted to El Paso’s dry limestone soils. Another eastern Texas species, P. tenuis, requires…

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Beneficial of the Month – Beetles (Order: Coleoptera) – Soft-winged Flower Beetles (Family: Melyridae)

As their name suggests, these beetles are often found on flowers, although they are common and widespread in other habitats, including alfalfa fields. They are often brightly colored, sometimes with a metallic sheen. Some species have enlarged basal antennal segments. Both adults and larvae are predatory, with the latter usually being found in the soil, in leaf litter, or under bark. Two species of soft-winged flower beetle. Source:  Pocket Guide to the Beneficial Insects of New Mexico

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Vine to Bottle, Growing Grapes in New Mexico

At Botanic Garden Heritage Farm 2601 Central Ave NW Albuquerque NM, 87104 February 9, combined session: Grape Propagation and Grafting / Varieties and Rootstocks Grape Propagation and Grafting: Why and How Grapevines have been propagated with cuttings and grafting since antiquity. This session will introduce you to this ancient artto easily propagate grapes from hardwood cuttings. Learn how to recognize, collect, store and prepare dormant hardwood cuttings of table and wine grapes. Learn the proper tools and techniques to accomplish traditional grafting. All procedures willbe…

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Southwest Plant of the Month – Blue Star – Amsonia spp.

Plant Form: Flower Plant Size : 2′ x 1′ Plant Type : Perennial Water Usage: Low Sunlight: Sun, Partial Shade Colors: Blue, White Physical Description:  Mounds of willowy leaves and wiry stems topped  by star-shaped, white to light blue flowers in spring.  Can spread by root stolons. Care and Maintenance:  Avoid overwatering. Dies back to hardy roots in  winter. Difficult to locate seed or plant source. Gardener’s notes:  Several attractive native species,  including A. longiflora, A. palmeri, A. ciliata and sand-loving A. arenaria. Southwest Plant…

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Beneficial of the Month – Big-eyed Bugs – (Order: Hemiptera; Family: Geocoris species)

Small, inconspicuous insects (approximately 5 mm ng) that are very common in both garden and agricultural settings. Both adults and immatures (‘nymphs’) are readily identified by their broad head with large eyes projecting from the sides; nymphs are similar in shape to adults  but are smaller and lack fully functional wings. Adults are usually brown  or reddish in color and the nymphs a paler brown/grey. As true bugs, all stages have piercing mouthparts and feed by sucking the liquid contents from their prey (insect eggs,…

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Landscapes Need Irrigation in Winter

From Southwest Yard and Garden, November 5, 2005 by Dr. Curtis Smith, PhD, NMSU Extension Horticulture Specialist (retired) Water once a month, on a day when the temperature is above freezing. Most outdoor plants aren’t visibly growing in the winter; however they aren’t dead and still need water. Their root  systems may continue to grow even after the top is dormant, but we can’t see the roots grow. Water is needed  for root growth. Plants need much less water in the winter because water loss…

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