Artificial trees have advantages

I guess for me it officially becomes Christmas when the Christmas tree goes up at home. Growing up that meant it was time to get serious about Christmas. We always had a cut Christmas tree bought in town. The only place I ever came in contact with a fake tree while I was young was […]

Press release: Cold weather means pruning time

Tom Dominguez It’s pruning time! Here are some things to keep in mind before taking saw in hand. Tree age Pruning is important when trees are young. Trees can be trained through pruning to direct growth, correct growth, and help develop a strong canopy. Training should take place while the tree is young into maturity. […]

Horicultural oils smother out pests

By Tom Dominguez, Quay County Extension Now is a good time to control scale insects on evergreen shrubs and trees such as camellias, hollies, bay laurel, myrtle, enonymus, citrus, photinias and boxwood through use of a horticultural oil spray. Fruit trees may be sprayed at this time of year in order to control insect eggs […]

Students dig in to save trees at high school

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Thomas Garcia Students at Tucumcari High School shoveled some dirt this week as construction on the new high school got under way. Because several trees at the site would have to be removed for construction, the students and an Ag teacher set out on a plan to save them from the bulldozers. “When I walked […]

Family continues ‘Christmas Tree Man’ tradition

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Thomas Garcia One Quay County family is working to keep a holiday tradition alive by selling fresh Christmas trees. Christy Preciado, her husband, Mark, and their two sons, Mark, Jr. and Johnathon, are selling pine trees from the front yard lot of their home on Highway 104. “My father Agustin (Maes) sold Christmas trees from […]

Entries sought for Pecan Show on Dec. 6 at Festival of Trees

By QCS Staff The Quay County Pecan Show sponsored by the Quay County Extension office is part of the Festival of Trees

Avoid needless spending to stretch your garden dollar

By Tom Dominguez Many New Mexico homeowners are unfamiliar with the art and technique of gardening, and spend needless dollars each year on landscaping. Although dollars spent on landscaping can pay big dividends, the trick is to stretch those dollars and make the most of the money invested. Here are some money-saving dollar-stretching suggestions for […]

How to determine if your plants are absorbing iron

By Tom Dominguez, Quay County Extension SymptomsIron chlorosis is the most common micronutrient problem of ornamentals, shrubs, vines, small fruits, and trees in Nort Eastern New Mexico.

Jan. 2, 2008 Community Notes

Site set to recycle Christmas trees In a city beautification effort and to keep Christmas trees out of the landfill, the City of Tucumcari is having a Christmas Tree Recycling Program. Residents are encouraged to drop off their live Christmas trees (without lights and decorations) at the northwest comer of the baseball field (behind the […]

Elm leaf beetle taking bite out area elm trees

By Tom Dominguez In the recent days I have had a flood of calls asking, “Why are the elm trees in Tucumcari all dying out?” Another question overflowing the answering machine is, “What are these little yellow and black beetles in my yard and house?” Well, after much observation, collection, calling and research, I have […]