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I was out-and-about this weekend at a Home & Garden Show and a book signing at an Ace Hardware store, and of course the majority of the questions that people asked were about “dealing with the drought.”  That’s really no different from what I do on the radio show, but when I get to see p…

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I’ve been doing my part, and thinking positively about rain for the past week.  I’m not sure the rest of you have.  

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I love to write!  While I may not be the best writer in the universe, I truly enjoy my travails behind the laptop.   

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When it comes to using irrigation on the grass, “Early-and-deep is better than often-and-shallow” I know, that’s “clear as mud” to some of you, right?!  I'll start by saying that what you are about to read is not only my opinion, but the opinion of many of the best Turfgrass researchers from…

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Yellowing leaves and premature bud drop on hibiscus are fairly normal problems at this time of the year.  Thanks to this persistent drought, those problems are only being made worse.  

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Back at the end of June, I proposed a list of heat-loving plants that I thought would be great ideas to combat any future droughts.  One of the problems for writers like me who make lists, is you get all kinds of e-mails from folks who have other suggestions.  And wow, did I get electronical…

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At first, I think my column from two weeks ago, almost made me look like a prophet – predicting the much-needed rain.  But scant little has fallen since then, and so let me prophesize about a problem that’s just going add insult to injury, even if we do get some rains in the next week.   The…

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So, was I right or was I right? Actually, that sounds a lot like when I’m talking to my kids, but didn’t I call for that rain last week in last Tuesday’s column?  It was much-needed, but it still doesn’t take us out of this serious drought.   For now, it looks like these drought conditions a…

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I don’t want to jinx anything, but it’s Monday afternoon as I sit here contemplating what to write about for this week’s Digging In column, and I can’t get my mind off of the weather forecasts.  I admit I’ve been watching the weather on television like a soap opera addiction for the past few…

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If you’ve got a lawnmower and a pickup truck, you can call yourself a landscaper. 

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While lawns are burning up and becoming weaker by the day, isn’t it interesting to note that grassy weeds like crabgrass, goosegrass and dallisgrass are taking advantage of the drought-stricken soil?   But these pesky summer weeds are easy to prevent, if you follow my fertilization schedules…

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I recently got two email questions from listeners that essentially asked the same question - “Randy, I know you’re a big fan of your irrigation system, but for those of us who either don’t want to spend the money on an in-ground (or can’t, for that matter) what are the best sprinkler heads f…

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I’ve been on a vacation for the past two weeks. I tell you that not to brag, but let you know that I didn’t once pay attention to the weather in southeast Texas for that span. So, other than hearing second-hand about one round of rain over a week ago, I considered it a safe bet that I was co…

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I’m not trying to be too silly with the alliteration in the headline, but it also helps prove the point that they are pronounced with a “chuh.” I can always tell when the “transplants” from northern states are asking questions on my radio show about this bane of St. Augustine lawns, because …

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For my fellow Grateful Dead fans (otherwise known as Dead Heads) this is not about what you just thought it was going to be about.    As the garden guy that I am, I talking about “deadheading” as it pertains to plants and removing spent flowers.   De-seeding or “pinching” is sort of an off-s…

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I received an email last week from a listener in Baytown, and I thought her question was good enough to make a column out of this week.  Then another question came in to my radio show over the weekend that dove-tailed along with the first one, and so I thought “why not answer an entire line …

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One thing you need to know about my weekends is that when I finish the radio show I usually go to a nursery or hardware store for an appearance.  Every Saturday listeners bring me bags of weeds to inspect.   And lately, nutsedges/nutgrasses have been the dominant entry. 

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Few things are more frustrating that having your St. Augustine grass become infiltrated with unwanted grasses and weeds.  I’ve talked to you a bit about weed control in past articles, but today I want to focus on what happens when Bermuda grass begins to grow in your prized St. Augustine.  W…

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One thing you’re going to learn about me and my garden writings is – I like Lists.   So, this week’s column is a list that’s GOING TO THE DOGS and cats, literally and figuratively!  By the way, you’re also going to learn that I like puns and innuendos too.  Even if you don’t have such pets, …

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You’re going to see more and more of these kinds of debates and headlines in the coming years. Which side do you come down on? I hope you said both.  I think there should be a balance between the two.  First, keep in mind that while I dispense a great deal of “gardening” information to you, …

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Since joining the Baytown Sun, I’ve received some very specific email at my radio show-affiliated websites – www.randylemmon.com and www.krth.com – with plenty of questions, specifically from Baytown, giving me ample ideas on what to write for the coming week.  This week’s queries are really…

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After the January 2010 freeze, I spent the month of February explaining to people that for once we truly needed to “scalp” our yards for the first time in years.  Can you say “déjà vu”?  With last month’s freeze, we are right back in the same place where the tops of most turf grasses are dea…

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As for a quick introduction, my name is Randy Lemmon, host of the GardenLine radio program heard weekend mornings on 740 KTRH.  I was offered this prospect to be a Garden Columnist for The Baytown Sun, and since I love to write about all things horticultural, I couldn’t pass on the opportuni…

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MONT BELVIEU – The Barbers Hill track teams made the District 21-5A meet into their own playground over the last two days in route to two championships.

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The Goose Creek Memorial Lady Patriots dropped a 12-1 decision at Friendswood Tuesday. Morgan Faubian had both hits for the Lady Patriots (3-15).

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It has been a minute since my last column and with so many things winding down and starting up, I found it applicable to do what I like to call a ‘popcorn column.’

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If the title arouses expectations of a SPICY column, this might be a little disappointing. It’s about fishing. The first title was too long; it had to be shortened. I hope you’ll continue reading, regardless.

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Girls golf wins district, boys 2nd, both on to Region

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The Barbers Hill softball team continued its dominant ways as it moved to 26-2 overall and remained undefeated in District 21-5A play with a 17-0 win at Galena Park Thursday.

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The La Porte Bulldogs exploded for six runs in their first at-bats and used that momentum to roll to a 12-0 win over visiting Goose Creek Memorial Tuesday. GCM (7-14) managed only four hits and committed four errors in the five-inning contest.

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After a season spent playing in empty stadiums, the Houston Astros know the return of fans this year could mean a hostile reception on the road from people still angry about their sign-stealing scam. 

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It certainly was a welcome return to the track for the Baytown high schools Friday as once again the Rockhold Relays finally got back into the spotlight after a year missed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Sterling Rangers baseball team used a four-run fourth inning to break open a tight contest with rivals Robert E. Lee in a 6-2 win Friday in District 22-5A action.

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HOUSTON – Two teams hoping to renew their fortunes in the playoffs met in the first opportunity to prove a postseason point in two seasons.

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A three-run first inning set the tone and allowed the visiting Manvel Mavericks pull away for a 13-2 win over the Robert E. Lee Ganders in Baytown Tuesday. REL (7-9) was hurt by four errors.

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The Goose Creek Memorial softball team dropped a 17-1 home decision Friday against Santa Fe to move to 3-7 this season.

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Everyone knows about the Big Chill that beset Texas in mid- February. But not everybody understands the severity of fish loss on the coast. Most bay fish cannot survive the frigid temperatures Texas endured. And dead fish can’t talk.  

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There is plenty of time left in the individual tennis season this spring, but some paths are being shaped as the area programs continue to battle the opposition, inclement weather and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cory Roper will make his third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Atlanta Motor Speedway at the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

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The track and field season has gotten off to a strong start for many local athletes as the sport navigates through the pandemic and threatening weather.

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It’s regulations time. TPWD annually reviews regulations and considers biological situations, law enforcement issues, and public opinion. If deemed necessary, new regulations are created. Proposals for new regulations or changes in existing ones are usually brought before the TPW Commission …

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The Gary Herrington Battle by the Bay baseball tournament appears to be on the verge of going on without a hitch.

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When Jamaal Haymon took over the Goose Creek Memorial basketball program coming off a sub-.500 season, he believed it would have a strong 2020-21 season regardless.

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Julio Garcia threw a two-hit, shut out and the Sterling Rangers saw a Blake Butler RBI single in the third inning stand up in a 1-0 District 22-5A win over Santa Fe Tuesday in Baytown.

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In just the last couple of years, Robert E. Lee senior Noni Mitchell-Simon decided to take up the sports of powerlifting and in short time became a history maker.