Rainwater Harvesting & Making A Rain Barrel
Do you have a rain barrel? Do you want one? Come on out for an informative and practical 2 hour class on Rainwater Harvesting and as a result build your own rain barrel to take home with you. Cost is $50 which covers all of the materials required to make the rain barrel. Even will be held at the Pole Barn at Myers Park in McKinney.
Jan 24 | 08:00 AM | Landing at Myers park, 7117 County Road 166, McKinney, TX 75071
Feb 07 | 09:00 AM | Dallas Arboretum
Feb 11 | 10:00 AM | Spring Park Women's Club
Feb 12 | 10:00 AM | Prosper Garden Club
Feb 23 |  | George W. Bush Presidential Library, College Station, TX
Want to be a Master Gardener?
There are still spaces available for this year's training class. Class starts September 2. Click above to get more info and download the application packet.
Dealing with the Drought
Learn some things you can do to help your garden survive during watering restrictions.
CCMGA 2014 Scholarship
Graduating seniors pursuing a field in Botany, Entomology, Environmental Science, Forestry, or Horticulture are eligible to apply.
This Month's Garden Checklist
See the list of things to do this month to keep your garden gorgeous.
What's Blooming in the Demo Gardens?
Come out to Myers Park and visit the Research and Demonstration Gardens. There's always something in bloom.
Read the latest Garden Wise Gazette
Check out the current issue of our newsletter about gardening in Collin County.
Help! I have several fire ant mounds in my yard. How do I get rid of these ants?

The best way to eliminate fire ants in your lawn and landscape is to use the Texas Two Step method.  The first step is to use baits.  These are slow acting and can require weeks or months to work but contain extremely low toxins.  They are 80 to 90 percent effective.  The worker ants take the bait into the hive to share with the queen, either killing or rendering her infertile.  Put baits out when ants are actively foraging. Fall is an excellent time to bait as the ants will feed during the winter while you are indoors.  Follow package directions carefully for best results.

The second step is individual mound treatment. These are fast acting to eliminate existing mounds.  There are commercially available dust, granular and drench products on the market.  Closely follow instructions on the label.  You can also pour 2 to 3 gallons of boiling water on the mounds.  This will be about 60% effective.  The hot water will kill any grass or plants that are touched by it.