Parker County Soil and Water Conservation District #558
CONSERVATION - DEVELOPMENT - SELF GOVERNMENT
604 North Main, Suite 100
Weatherford, TX 76086
Phone: 817 594-4672, EXT 109
Range Plants of North Texas
By: Ricky J. Linex
The District is giving away a wonderful book titled “Range Plants of North Central Texas – A Land User’s Guide to Their Identification, Value and Management” written by Ricky J. Linex, as a thank you to those who donate $20 or more to the Parker County SWCD in support of the District’s conservation efforts.
Easy to use and beautifully written, the guide is full of colorful pictures of plants and their seeds. This is a great resource for anyone who would like to identify plants growing on their property.
All year round, we offer rain barrels for water harvesting, made from food grade recycled containers. Once ordered they are delivered to your door!
Rain barrels with various attachments are available all year long, but now is the time to start storing water for your gardening needs next summer.
And the good news just keeps coming – RAIN WATER HARVESTING EQUIPMENT AND RAIN BARRELS ARE TAX EXEMPT!
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Our board meetings are on the First Thursday of every month.
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Tree seedlings are also available for purchase until February 18,2016. Trees will be available for pick up at our office 10 am - 4:30 pm, Friday, February 26, 2016.
Between mid September until mid March we offer wildflower seeds for those interested in low maintenance, but beautiful ground cover.
Bluebonnet seeds are sold in 1 lb. bags for $23, wildflower seed mixes are sold in 1 lb bags for $26.
Planting is generally September through November, weather permitting. Contact us for more information.
First Week of October until mid February we offer low cost tree seedlings to landowners. Primarily for privacy screens and windbreaks.
Containerized seedlings may be ordered individually. We usually have extras on delivery day. Call us for information.
News from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board.
T.C.E.Q. Take Care of Texas
Texas Commission of Environmental Quality
Winter is here, and with it comes frosty weather. Although it's rare to see temperatures in the low 20's in much of Texas, the cooler weather still has an impact on your fuel economy. So whether you’re taking a road trip for the holidays, or just wrapping up your last-minute shopping, Take Care of Texas has tips on how to improve your gas mileage when the temperatures slide downward.
- Park your car in the garage to increase the initial temperature of your engine and cabin. This decreases engine and transmission friction caused by cold engine oil and other drive-line fluids.
- Limit idling to warm up your car. Most manufacturers recommend driving off gently after about 30 seconds. The engine will warm up faster when driven, allowing the heat to warm sooner, saving fuel and reducing emissions.
- Combine errands so you drive less often with a cold, less-efficient engine.
- Tire pressure decreases in colder temperatures so check your tire pressure more often. You can improve gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent by keeping your tires properly inflated.
- Use the type of oil recommended by your manufacturer for cold weather driving.
- During holiday travel, remove roof-top luggage and accessories as soon as possible. A roof-top cargo box can reduce fuel economy by two percent to eight percent in city driving and 10 percent to 25 percent at Interstate speeds.
Fuel economy tests show that gas mileage for a normal car on short, in-city trips is 12 percent lower at 20°F than at 77°F. Gas mileage can drop even more—as much as 22 percent—for errands where you drive only three to four miles. The effect on hybrids is even worse—their fuel economy can drop as much as 34 percent.
For more information visit the T.C.E.Q. website:
U.S.D.A. & N.R.C.S. News
USDA is launching a new conservation effort to help agricultural producers provide food and habitat for monarch butterflies in the Midwest and southern Great Plains. This targeted 10-state effort by NRCS will invest $4 million in 2016 to help combat the iconic species’ decline.
Monarch butterflies are known for their annual migration from central Mexico to as far north as Canada. Their populations have declined significantly over the past two decades. NRCS’ effort contributes to a multi-agency, international strategy to increase the eastern population of monarchs to 225 million by 2020.
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