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By Calvin R. Finch, PhD, SAWS Water Resources Director, and Horticulturist
Q. On your radio show you talk about modern tough roses that produce great blooms without spraying. What are they?
A. Belinda’s Dream is light
Q. What is the viney weed with heart-shaped leaves? The leaves are shiny green and it has thorns. How do you kill it?
A. The weed you describe is greenbriar. It has large storage bulbs on its root system that allow it to be very drought-tolerant. The waxy leaves make it hard to kill with Round-up, but Remedy will kill it if it is on a fence away from other desirable plants. If it is growing in the shrub border, apply Green Light Vine and Stump Killer at the point where you cut it off. The herbicide in Vine and Stump Killer is the same as the active ingredient in Remedy, but you are very specific in its application.
Q. I want to plant zoysia grass, but there are too many varieties to choose from! What varieties do you recommend?
A. I think Emerald is the
most attractive selection, but it is hard to mow. The best choices for most lawns are
Q. My neighbor says he signed
up for the SAWS’ SIP program and receives a watering recommendation e-mail
based on grass-types and weather every week.
Is it based on
A. There are over 5,000
homeowners taking advantage of the San Antonio Water System SIP program and
only one-half are SAWS customers! SIP