Sunday, May 1, 2016

April 2016 = 6-8" of rainfail in most of Central Texas

April ended with one last storm rolling through Central, TX pushing 737s airplanes around the tarmac with winds over 60 mph at the ABIA.  The latest storms firmly putting us over 6" of rainfall for the month with some areas getting closer to 8" south and to the east.

This past week saw 22,000+ people loose power in the Austin Energy service area.

A tornado even plopped down near Elgin early Saturday morning downing trees and witnesses saw a trampoline on a power line. Power is still not restored in parts of Elgin.

Some parts of Texas,  West of La Grange saw over 20" and we only can offer condolences to the people in Houston, Palestine, and Gulf Coast area as they saw severe flooding throughout the month with loss of property as well as lives.

Be safe and don't irrigate until the ground drys out!




Monday, January 4, 2016

Austin Water 1 day per week watering survey, online http://speakupaustin.org/

Austin Water is considering making permanent restrictions to watering schedules following the severe Texas drought.
The changes would mean Austinites could only water once-a-week. As this proposal moves into the hands of the City Council, Austin Water asks for the community’s feedback on the restrictions.
These restrictions played a key role in keeping Highland Lake levels from dropping to emergency levels during the peak drought days, according to Austin Water.
You have a chance to voice your opinion at the Open House Meetings throughout January. The meetings run between 6-8 p.m.
  • Jan. 7 Hampton Branch Library (5125 Convict Hill Rd, 78749)
  • Jan. 12 Southeast Branch Library (5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, 78744)
  • Jan. 21 Carver Branch Library (1161 Angelina St., 78702)
  • Jan. 26 Spicewood Springs Branch (8637 Spicewood Springs Rd, 78759)
A final public workshop wrap-up meeting will be Feb. 3 at Waller Creek Center, room 104.
Feedback can also be given online by taking a survey.
http://speakupaustin.org/

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Thursday, September 17, 2015

TexasET Network Landscape Watering Recommendations 1/2"- "Cougar Austin Redbud"

Finally starting to cool off. All week, no higher than the 90s, ground temperatures will start to fall and we should see the warm season grasses come out of their  "heat dormancy" Warm season grasses tend to go heat dormant when the ground/root zone temperatures are in the 83-86 degree Fahrenheit range. Mid September, Oct, November are the months to regrow the bare spots and achieve full ground cover before winter.  If your turf is looking OK , then 1/2" of water should keep it vibrant, if you need to fill in some areas, adding some compost and closer to 1" of water ( maybe hand watering or hose end sprinkling an area) will be needed to encourage runners...COugar Matt out.


Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension
Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension
Watering recommendation for "Cougar Austin Redbud" for the past 7 days:0.41 inches*
DateEToMax TemperatureMin TemperatureMin HumidityTotal Rainfall
09-10-20150.159474410.85
09-11-20150.139175440
09-12-20150.199068210
09-13-20150.199060210
09-14-20150.188962240
09-15-20150.149174450.13
09-16-20150.169176460.01
NOTE: These reported values are hourly averages, not absolute highs and lows.
*Recommendations based on the following parameters (assuming no rainfall):
Adjust this watering recommendation for any rainfall that you have received during this time period.
TexasET Weather Station :Austin (LCRA Redbud)
Plant Coefficient :Warm Season
Adjustment factor :Normal
This information is provided by the "Irrigation Technology Program" under the direction of Dr. Guy Fipps. If you would like to discontinue service please click on the link above to log into your TexasET profile. To discontinue service for only this station select "modify" from your site list and delete the site. To discontinue all TexasET emails select "Modify your user profile" and uncheck "Receive watering recommendations by email".
This email was sent to cougar.irrigation@gmail.com by Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension
Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension 600 John Kimbrough BLVD, Suite 509 7101 TAMU College Station, TX 77843-7101

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Central Texas Grounds Maintenance Workshop

Posting for Dapne....Cougar Matt out.

Hello,

I’m Daphne Richards, the County Extension Agent for Horticulture with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County. I wanted to invite you and any of your colleagues/maintenance crew, etc. to an upcoming Grounds Maintenance Workshop that I’m hosting on October 23, 2015.

This conference is in response to our ongoing critical water issues.  The general public can attend but the materials presented will be for turf professionals such as those working with municipalities, including parks departments; golf courses; and large and commercial landscape maintenance firms.

The goal of the workshop is to share best practices for water conservation and turfgrass management.  The cost is only $60 through 10/13 ($75 thereafter, including on-site), lunch is included, and Three Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) pesticide CEUs are available to attendees.

I’d love to see you there! And I’d also be very grateful if you’d help me get the word out by forwarding this message to anyone you think might be interested, or by posting the following information on your websites/blogs/newsletters, etc.  Registration information, a list of speakers, location, and time for the workshop may be found below and attached.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions at all.  drichards@ag.tamu.edu or 512.854.9615

Central Texas Grounds Maintenance Workshop

When:  Friday, October 23, 2015, 8:30 Registration,  9 am - 4 pm Program
Where: Travis County East Service Center, 6011 Blue Bluff Rd, Austin, 78724
Cost:     $60 (through 10/13), $75 (10/14 and on-site), BBQ lunch is included
CEUs:    3 Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) Pesticide CEUs
Contact:    Daphne Richards, CEA-Horticulture, drichards@ag.tamu.edu, 512.854.9615 

Presentations and speakers will be:

·        Irrigation Practices, Soil Management and LCRA Rebates/Resources
Brett Briant, Water Conservation Coordinator, LCRA
·        Pesticides and Personal Protective Equipment
Daphne Richards Travis County Extension Agent – Horticulture
·        Turfgrass Selection & New Cultivar ReleasesMatt Elmore, Assistant Professor & Extension Turfgrass Specialist
·        Turfgrass Management (Insects, Weeds & Diseases)
Dr. Casey Reynolds, Assistant Professor & Extension Turfgrass Specialist

On-line Registration Coming Soon:https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty
 (by phone at 979-845-2604)

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Water 1/2" this week

With high humidity and lower 90s temperatures, we are still only watering about 1/2" this week.  Remember, this is a conservative maintenance of existing lawn number. It you are trying to get the lawn to fill in some areas or thicken up, you more need more water.  If there are spots that need a little help, come the weekend, remember, Sat ( ODD) and Sun (EVEN ) is a hose dragger day, so you can spot water some dry spots with a small puck sprinker or a fan sprinkler. Although, hose end sprinklers are not the most efficient, they often will us less water than running an entire sprinkler zone if 5-50% of an area is only needing water. Also, rememeber, hand watering is allowed at any time, so if there are specific plants that are struggling, hand watering a new tree or specific plant, may be the best option. Thanks, Cougar Matt out.

Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension
Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension
Watering recommendation for "Cougar Austin Redbud" for the past 7 days:0.54 inches*
DateEToMax TemperatureMin TemperatureMin HumidityTotal Rainfall
07-02-20150.28971510.07
07-03-20150.229177420
07-04-20150.219177470
07-05-20150.29076520
07-06-20150.249078460
07-07-20150.29079510
07-08-20150.239079440
NOTE: These reported values are hourly averages, not absolute highs and lows.
*Recommendations based on the following parameters (assuming no rainfall):
Adjust this watering recommendation for any rainfall that you have received during this time period.
TexasET Weather Station :Austin (LCRA Redbud)
Plant Coefficient :Warm Season
Adjustment factor :Normal
This information is provided by the "Irrigation Technology Program" under the direction of Dr. Guy Fipps. If you would like to discontinue service please click on the link above to log into your TexasET profile. To discontinue service for only this station select "modify" from your site list and delete the site. To discontinue all TexasET emails select "Modify your user profile" and uncheck "Receive watering recommendations by email".
This email was sent to cougar.irrigation@gmail.com by Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension
Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension 600 John Kimbrough BLVD, Suite 509 7101 TAMU College Station, TX 77843-7101