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Milberger's Nursery and Landscaping
3920 North Loop 1604 E.
San Antonio, TX 78247

Open 9 to 6 Mon. through Sat.
and 10 to 5 on Sun.

Three exits east of 281, inside of 1604
Next to the Diamond Shamrock station
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Most of the time we are providing you information but now we need your help and are willing to reward you for your participation. This request concerns the condition of the lawn grass after the winter drought and location of any uncommon, exotic citrus in the area.

If our don't -folks think this not-watered St. Augustinegrass is going to revive--it better be Lazarus grass--IT IS DEAD.

Even Floratam St. Augustine grass which received inadequate watering during the drought is severely thinning.


First we will discuss the grass situation. Most reasonable people without an obvious "water agenda" have realized and admitted that the San Antonio-South Texas area, south and west, have experienced and continue to experience the worse winter drought in history. Also, many folks are beginning to notice that some lawn grasses are extremely green
- as the lawns should be in April - while other adjoining lawns are extremely brown still with only sparse green sprigs emerging. My suspicion is that those who watered during the winter drought are now
being rewarded with green lawns. However, those who didn't realize
they should be watering during the winter drought will also have an advantage--dead grass doesn't grow nearly as fast as living grass so it will not have to be mowed as often!

Can you determine where the St. Augustine grass was not watered

Notice weeds and DEAD runners in area of lawn NOT watered.

We need to know why all of this still-dormant, slow-greening grass is immediately next to fully greened lawns. Of course, common sense would tell us that the folks with the green lawns watered during the winter and the folks with the brown lawns wanted to save money on their sewage fee charges and opted not to water. Yet some of my colleagues are in denial concerning this basic truth of plant growing--ALL LIVING THINGS NEED WATER TO FLOURISH even in the winter when plants are considered to be dormant.

In the absence of much information about winter droughts, some unbiased horticulturists in the area have put together what has become the most information ever written about winter droughts. This information along with images to prove the point can be seen at:

The opposition side to watering during a winter drought is presented

It is obvious when reading the opposition columns that these folks are mainly interested in saving as much water as possible to avoid water restrictions AT ANY COST to landscapes and the public who will have to replant the dead and dying plant materials. Water is a resource and should be used when necessary to keep plants healthy--it is why we have water. Water is not supposed to be withheld for those purposes it is intended to be used for.

Local horticulturists are still trying to verify why there are many lawns slowly greening with lots of dead spots of grass immediately next to fully greened lawns of the same grass type. Of course, common sense would tell us that the folks with the green lawns watered during the winter (especially in December and January) and the folks with the sparse green lawns and lots of dead grass didn't realize grass needs
watering in the winter during dry spells. Anyone interested in getting
some rare seed of a wonderful new plant for South-central Texas named 'Daily Beauty Dwarf Bush Morning Glory" (name shortened to 'Daily BM' - described and pictured at: ) can do one of two things. The first thing you can do is to find an obviously-greener-lawn next to a slowly greening lawn with brown sections of grass--we need the grass types to be the same, i.e., brown Bermuda next to green Bermuda; brown St. Augustine next to green St. Augustine, etc. I don't think you will have problems finding these examples since Jerry Parsons found the examples pictured at: in one
neighborhood. The examples don't have to be in your yard or even in
your neighborhood but we do need an address. Then, you have to go to the person with the green lawn and ask them if they watered this winter. If they say they did water this winter, we need to know how they knew to water. Some possible reasons: 1. They listened to their favorite garden show host who cared more about maintaining living landscapes than avoiding a possible water restriction; 2. They never turned off their watering system and maintained the summer watering schedule through the winter; 3. They just realized their lawns needed watering every two weeks in lieu of an inch of rainfall. If you have a digital camera and can document your findings, please send images to:
/asktheanswerman.asp with your name
and full address so the seed can be mailed to you. We will post the
best images in the Winter Drought series with you given full credit if you want. If you are coming to Festival of Flowers, come by the Ask the Expert Booth and simply give the address of the damaged lawn and you will receive a FREE package of this rare seed.

If you want to telephone your results or relay them to us personally, call the Milberger Nursery Garden Show at 210-308-8867 or toll free: 1-866-308-8867 on Saturday or Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on KLUP Radio (AM 930) during show hours. We will take your mailing information and send you the free seed. If you want to mail your findings, send a self-addressed, stamped envelop to: Drought Study and Citrus Findings, P. O. Box 380391, San Antonio, Texas 78268-7391.

The other way you can get free 'Daily BM' seed is to help us locate any uncommon, exotic citrus in the area. You realize Drs. Larry Stein and Jerry Parsons have introduced several new satsuma mandarin orange varieties to Texas in the last 10 years. They have even created a very informative website about growing Patio Citrus at: The Texas A&M
Cooperative Extension wants to do more with your help. We need to learn about any citrus plants which may have been brought into Texas from a foreign country or foreign state such as Louisiana. We will come to your home or wherever the citrus is growing, determine what kind it is and, if it is unusual, begin propagating it for the rest of the state to enjoy. Your picture will be taken with the tree and you will be given full credit for providing a new, healthful citrus to the people of Texas. AND, you will get your free package of 'Daily BM' seed. To "sweeten" the citrus deal, we will also give you a seedling Changsha tangerines as described at:
WHAT A DEAL!!!!!!!! You can contact us using any of the options provided above.

So now WE need YOUR help to educate the common-senseless water purveyors and to find a new and wonderful citrus for all to enjoy.