Bees and Trees program set in Colorado County

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The August meeting for the 2018 New Landowners series will take place on Friday, August 17, 2018 at the Colorado County Fairgrounds HE Building (Exhibit Hall) at 1146 Crossroads Blvd in Columbus.

Beekeeping is quickly becoming a hot topic, especially for medium to small acreage landowners. Several area beekeepers will talk about what it takes to raise honey bees in this area of Texas, some of the challenges they face and what they’ve found to be good solutions. Certified Texas Master Beekeeper Justin Perry will address the crowd, and there will be time for hands-on learning with beekeepers and the equipment, supplies and tools that they bring.

Attendees also will learn about tree biology, how to recognize common tree problems and how to manage for tree health. The panel will discuss planting, pruning, watering, fertilizer and insect and disease control. Certified arborist Mike Hackfield, of Columbus will be there to share his knowledge which comes from decades in the tree business. He will discuss the most common tree issues he sees in this area and will then get to the root of the problem and what can be done about it.

Additionally, if you wish to have a tree (or several trees) identified from your property, feel free to bring a sample. Any plant samples need to be as fresh as possible; it is recommended to bring about an 18-inch section of branch or twig that includes leaves, flowers, seeds, or fruit (if applicable). Also, having some pictures of the whole tree and the bark will help to make positive identifications.

For more information please contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office in Austin County (979-865-2072), Colorado County (979-732-2082), Fayette County (979-968-5831), or Washington County (979-277-6212). Registration materials and more information can also be found on our website, https://agrilife.org/coastalbend/nlo/

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