Author Archives: Daphne Richards

About Daphne Richards

County Extension Agent--Horticulture with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County

Pesticide Applicator CEU Opportunities

Opportunities for TDA Licensed Pesticide Applicators to earn CEUs for License Renewal In the absence of an ANR Agent, Travis County is partnering with Uvalde County to offer an opportunity for licensed pesticide applicators to participate virtually in Uvalde County’s upcoming hybrid (in-person and virtual) CEU training. There are also two other opportunities for Travis County TDA licensed pesticide applicators to earn CEUs virtually in nearby counties. For license holders whose license will expire in February, these are great opportunities to get some last-minute CEUs. Registration and contact… Read More →

Plant Freeze Recovery Tips from the 2021 Winter Storm

Time to Remove Frost Protection Now that the record-shattering cold has left Texas, you now may be turning your attention to the plants in your landscape and wondering what you should do for freeze recovery. I walked around my neighborhood on the first day after the big thaw and was surprised to see so little damage. But my neighborhood is young’ish (I’ve been in my home 12 years), so the trees are all relatively small–no huge branches to break under the weight of ice and snow. Many cacti… Read More →

Plant Freeze Protection from Arctic Blast

Plant Freeze Protection in Abnormally Cold Weather Like most gardeners, I pay particular attention to the weather, combining observation and information to make a plan for garden maintenance. Usually, that decision-making process involves adjusting to excessive heat and drought. I’m downright vigilant about the heat. But the cold? Making plans for plant freeze protection? Well, I don’t really think too much about it. Like many Central Texans, I’ve grown a bit complacent about cold weather, not having seen much of it in the last decade. But when the… Read More →