Category: Environment

Time to Try Composting 

Annually, May 29 is National Learn About Composting Day, and if you haven’t tried composting yet, it’s a great time to get more information about it.

Hammerhead Worms: What You Need to Know

News reports are popping up in Texas of sightings of the hammerhead flatworm, an invasive, toxic worm species that likes heat and humidity and is reported to have arrived in Texas sometime in the ‘80s.

Free Online Class May 20; “Grow Native: Plants for Texas”

Dig into the growing trend of incorporating native plants in landscapes, both for their beauty and the countless ecosystem services they provide! Learn how to grow native wildflowers, trees, shrubs as well as perennials with vibrant colors and textures to make your garden the envy of the neighborhood.

Be “Lightning Aware” Re: Thunderstorms

While thunderstorms are sometimes underestimated as a serious weather threat, they can be deadly—strong winds can turn tree branches and ordinary loose objects into dangerous projectiles and lightning can take people by surprise, striking up to 10 miles away from where a storm is occurring. 

Lyme Disease Awareness Month

May is National Lyme Disease Awareness Month, an illness spread by tick bites that can be easily treated with antibiotics, but if left untreated (and the painless bites often go unnoticed), it can affect the skin, joints, nervous system, heart and eyes.

Health Department Begins Annual Citywide Mosquito Testing

The Health Department began its annual mosquito collection and testing this week, with traps set out in 12 areas of the city on Sunday and collected Monday, a schedule that will be repeated through October. All samples from this week’s traps were negative for the West Nile virus.