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August Program-Trinity Forks – “No More Monoculture Grass Lawn!” and Business Meeting – ZOOM ONLY – Aug 24

August 24, 2023 @ 6:30 pm 8:30 pm

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The monthly meeting will be broadcast ONLY via Zoom (see Zoom link below)

6:30 pm Socializing on Zoom
7:00 pm brief business meeting with program to follow.

The best thing for replacing habitat is not to have lawn.  So we enlarge our beds & planting areas.  Sometimes we still need a bit of lawn area for walking on, playing on, pets use, city ordinances, etc.  So what can we use that is native?  Kathy will show some examples of non grass lawn plants for those situations as well as some taller groundcovers to fill in areas that are not walked on.

Kathy Saucier has been a member of NPSOT and Trinity Forks for 31 years.  She currently runs the plant inventory for our annual native plant sale.  She also has contributed to the NICE! program and NLCP and is a Fellows member.  After nearly 40 years in the DFW area she has moved down to her family farm where she grew up, near Fredericksburg.  She loves having a bigger pallet to work with and more space to grow plants.

We will open the Zoom meeting at 6:30 so everyone can socialize and get settled and begin the business and program promptly at 7:00pm. Load up on snacks, and get ready for a little throw-back Zoom meeting! 


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About the Region

New Braunfels, the location of our Fall 2024 Symposium, straddles both the Edwards Plateau Ecoregion and the Blackland Prairie ecoregion. Interstate 35 divides the city of New Braunfels; its path through the city closely parallels the boundary of these two ecoregions, with the Edwards Plateau on the west side and the Blackland Prairies region to the east. The Edwards Plateau area is also called the Hill Country; however, this general term covers a much larger area extending farther north. Spring-fed creeks are found throughout the region; deep limestone canyons, rivers, and lakes (reservoirs) are common. Ashe juniper is perhaps the most common woody species found throughout the region. Additional woody species include various species of oak, with live oak (Quercus fusiformis) being the most common. Sycamores (Platanus occidentalis) and bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) border waterways. This area is well known for its spring wildflower displays, though they may be viewed in spring, late summer, and fall, as well. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, average annual rainfall in the Edwards Plateau ranges from 15 to 34 inches.

The Blackland Prairie extends from the Red River south to San Antonio, bordered on the west by the Edwards Plateau and the Cross Timbers, and on the east by the Post Oak Savannah. Annual rainfall averages 30 to 40 inches, with higher averages to the east. This region is dominated by prairie species. The most common grass species include little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) and Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans) in the uplands and switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) in the riparian areas and drainages. Common herbaceous flowering plants include salvias, penstemons, and silphiums. This area has suffered greatly from overgrazing and agricultural use. Few intact areas remain, though many of the plants can be found along county roadsides throughout the region.

Our four host chapters (New Braunfels, Lindheimer, Guadalupe, and the Hill Country chapters) are located in one or both of the ecoregions above. However, the eastern portion of Guadalupe County also falls within the Post Oak Savanna ecoregion. Annual rainfall averages 35 to 45 inches, with higher averages to the east. A wide variety of hardwood trees are found, including several species of oaks, elms, and in the Bastrop area, loblolly pine (Pinus taeda). Grasses and forbs dominate in the open savannas, with most common grass being little bluestem. Ranching, agriculture, and fire suppression have allowed woody species to encroach on the once-open savannas.

Source: Wildflowers of Texas by Michael Eason