Archive for January, 2016

Pruning Crape Myrtle Trees

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Never cap your crape myrtle trees. Above – the wrong way. Below – leave them as trees.

A touchy topic is pruning crape myrtle trees.  Do you prune them? When and how much?

The best time to prune is late winter, February – March.  The goal is to enhance the trees natural form, don’t force it to grow in a small space or prune it into an artificial shape.  Crape myrtles naturally grow as small upright or vase shaped trees with multiple trunks. A well pruned crape myrtle will have the trunks grow upward and outward, with branches fanning out rather than growing inward into the center of the tree.

Remove crossing and inward growing branches.

To determine if your crape myrtle needs to be pruned, examine the direction in which the trunks and branches grow. Starting at ground level, follow the trunks upward to where they begin to branch, focusing on the interior of the tree rather than the outer edges. Branches that grow into the center of the tree, crossing over other branches or trunks, should be removed.

To remove a branch, follow it back to where it joins a larger branch or trunk. Take a close look at the point where the branch joins the trunk. You will notice at the point where the two join the branch is swollen or enlarged. This area is known as the branch collar. Using a pruning saw, remove the branch by cutting just above the branch collar rather than flush with the trunk. If the branch was removed at the correct place the branch collar left behind will extend out a centimeter or two from the trunk.

The wrong way to prune. A misconception that crape myrtles need to be severely cut back in late winter or early spring in order to flower well in summer has led to the unhealthy practice of topping these plants. If necessary, crape myrtles can be reduced in height without being topped.

Topping (buck horning or de-horning) or “crape murder” involves cutting stems back at an arbitrarily chosen height rather than pruning back to a bud, side branch, or main stem. Topping trees and shrubs is harmful in many ways and regarded as an unacceptable practice by trained horticulturists and arborists.   Research shows that stem decay significantly increases when topping cuts are made, and that more dead branches also occur within the canopy.  The trees are more prone to disease as well with topping.


Ultimate Calf Roping In Graham

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Ultimate Calf Roping competition comes to Graham, Texas on January 30 and 31, 2016. Ultimate Calf Roping championships is for all calf roping fans and participants, regardless of their competing level.  Come out to the Young County Arena and see the finest in calf roping.

January 30, 2016 to January 31, 2016 beginning at 9 am
Young County Arena
120 Barclay Blvd
Graham, TX 76450

Ultimate calf roping

Purina Layena Poultry Feed

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Purina Layena Poultry FeedPurina Layena Poultry Feed is available in both pellets and crumbles, this complete feed is formulated to support hen immune health and support egg quality.

“Hens require additional, specific nutrients when they begin laying eggs,” says Gordon Ballam, Ph.D., director of lifestyle innovation and technical services for Purina Animal Nutrition. “We look to our own backyard flock to fine-tune feeds that work best in the backyard poultry environments that are growing in popularity.

“Layena Premium Poultry Feed includes the high-quality ingredients laying hens require, because we know what you feed your hens impacts the quality of eggs you feed your family,” Ballam adds.

New Purina Layena Premium Poultry Feed includes:

  • Prebiotics, probiotics and yeast to support immune health
  • Freshly-ground North American grains with simple ingredients you can trust
  • A balance of vitamins and minerals to support shell strength and egg nutrition levels

Start feeding Purina Layena Premium Poultry Feed to hens when they begin laying eggs between ages 18 weeks and 22 weeks.

This complete feed was created at the Purina Animal Nutrition Center in Gray Summit, MO., with success perfected in Purina’s backyard flock setting.

“We have travelled across the country to learn from backyard poultry enthusiasts what is most valuable to them and their family flocks,” says Jodi Moore, backyard flock marketing manager with Purina Animal Nutrition.  “We listened and are now pleased to offer all the benefits of this enhanced recipe, as well as debut our new packaging design.”

The new Purina Layena Premium Poultry Feed is being phase in during November. To learn more about backyard flock nutrition, visit or like Purina Poultry on Facebook.


Source: Purina Animal Nutrition

2016 Stock Show Dates

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

2016 stock show

2016 Stock Show season is right around the corner!

The 2016 Stock Show season is going strong— Here are the dates locations of several major 2016 Stock Shows happening throughout Texas in 2016. Go to the links for each Stock Show to learn more about event schedules, entry forms, ticket information and more:


Ft Worth Stock Show and Rodeo: January 15 – February 6, 2016

San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo: February 11 – 28, 2016

Star of Texas (Austin Rodeo): March 12 – 26, 2016

Houston Stock Show & Rodeo: March 1 – 20, 2016

State Fair of Texas (Dallas): September 30 – October 23, 2016

Save the dates and make plans now to attend a stock show event near you— the 2016 Stock Shows are a must-do for you and your whole family!

If you’re showing this year, let J&N Feed and Seed get you ready for the big day. We’ve got show feeds by Lindner, Moorman & Honor Show Chow and supplies from Sullivan Show Supplies. We’ve also got shavings, blankets and everything else you need to win big in the ring! Let your friends at J&N Feed and Seed help you raise a winner this year.  And to all the exhibitors, GOOD LUCK!


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