The Mason Bluebonnet Study Club held its last scheduled meeting for the current club year on May 18 at the Mason County Library Stribling Room. County Agent Brent Drennan spoke to the group about water conservation. He addressed ways to have a healthy green lawn with minimum water expenditure. Using 1 1/4 inches of water a week for Bermuda grass or 2 inches a week for St. Augustine lawns, along with disease and predator control should produce a pretty and green lawn according to Mr, Drennan.
He told those assembled that diseases in lawns are sometimes caused by watering at night when the grass cannot dry rapidly enough. Watering in the morning hours is suggested by studies made by Texas A & M University.
Mr. Drennan said that one common problem encountered by homeowners with St. Augustine grass is called Take-all patch. While there is no sure fire cure for this problem disease, some success has been observed by one, removing all litter and dead material from the area; two, water the lawn as usual then apply 8-10 pounds of iron sulfate per 1000 square feet; three, wait 10-15 minutes then water thouroughly again. Applying Spagnum peat moss may also help. Nitrogen fertilizers are not recommended if Take-all patch is present in the lawn.
Other lawn problems discussed included grub worms (treating the lawn in July), brown patch, burrowing pests such as moles and other small animals, mold, and a variety of struggles in making a beautiful lawn.
Mr. Drennan distributed written information on garden planting schedules as well as a paper on the aforementioned Take-all patch. As he concluded, he received a hearty round of applause from an audience worried anew about lawn problems.
A business session was opened with pledges to the flags led by Betty Meyer and reading the Club Collect in unison. Minutes of the last meeting were read by secretary Julie Harrison and treasurer Mary Ellen Merkel gave her financial report.
A letter of resignation was read from Johnni Rossing and regretfully accepted.
A discussion on a fund raiser for next year’s scholarship followed. No decision was made and the matter was tabled until a planning meeting to be held on July 13 at 10:30 a.m. at Mary Hemphill’s home. Members were asked by president Hemphill to prepare suggestions for the fund raiser as well as bring ideas for next year’s programs.
Mary Carlman presented information about the Lavendar Festival in Blanco. A trip is being planned for the morning of June 13 to leave Mason at around 8:00 a.m. and spend the day in Blanco. Anyone interested in going is asked to call Mary Carlman about details.
President Hemphill praised the club members for a year of superior accomplishment in volunteerism and furthering knowledge about our world.
June birthdays are Helen Olsen and Adrianna Eckert, both on the 10th; and Maudi Bergmann on the 26th. July birthdays are Johnni Rossing on the 11th and Mary Carlman on the 24th.
Hostess for the meeting, Tanya Lamoreaux, served a healthy snack of raw vegetables and fruit slices along with dips for each.
Other members attending were Edna Earle Benton, Maudi Bergmann, Mary Carlman, Adrianna Eckert, Julie Harrison, Mary Hemphill, Mary Ellen Merkel, and Betty Meyer.
Guests were Mary Carlman’s daughter Kimberly Roberts and granddaughter Abigail who reside in Katy, and special guest speaker Brent Drennan.