Bulb Sale Begins August 1

It's almost time for the 13th Annual CCMGA Bulb Sale.

This year's sale is from August 1 to September 9 and will include bulbs that perform well in North Texas soils and temperatures.
Aug 04 | 11:00 AM | Webinar
Aug 04 | 05:30 PM | Whole Foods in Fairview
Aug 04 | 05:30 PM | Whole Foods in Fairview, TX
Aug 05 | 09:00 AM | Texas A & M Hort. Teaching, Research and Ext Ctr, 3199 CR 269, s of US Hwy 60 and west of US Hwy 50, near College Station
Aug 19 | 08:00 AM | Overton Research and Extension Center, 1710 FM 3053 N, Overton, TX 75684
Mark Your Calendars for "The 2016 Bulb & Perennial Mart"
Join the Collin County Master Gardeners at Myers Park on Saturday, October 15, 2016, from 9 am – 1 pm for the annual Bulb & Perennial Mart.
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Help! I have several fire ant mounds in my yard. How do I get rid of these ants?

The best way to eliminate fire ants in your lawn and landscape is to use the Texas Two Step method.  The first step is to use baits.  These are slow acting and can require weeks or months to work but contain extremely low toxins.  They are 80 to 90 percent effective.  The worker ants take the bait into the hive to share with the queen, either killing or rendering her infertile.  Put baits out when ants are actively foraging. Fall is an excellent time to bait as the ants will feed during the winter while you are indoors.  Follow package directions carefully for best results.

The second step is individual mound treatment. These are fast acting to eliminate existing mounds.  There are commercially available dust, granular and drench products on the market.  Closely follow instructions on the label.  You can also pour 2 to 3 gallons of boiling water on the mounds.  This will be about 60% effective.  The hot water will kill any grass or plants that are touched by it.