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Cummings and Goings in Agriculture

Welcome To 2008 From The Extension Staff

By Steve Cummings

Welcome to 2008 from the Yalobusha County Extension Staff.  We are back open and in full swing, even though I was the only one ready to come back to work.  We are looking forward to serving you during 2008 so please call us at 675-2730 if we can be of any assistance.  Year 2007 was a good year and we hope 2008 will be even better.

Horticulture Tips:

What can I do about all those weeds in my yard now?  This is a call I get quite often this time of year once our warm season lawns go dormant and the only green we see is the spotty appearance of winter weeds popping up throughout the dormant brown colored turf canopy.  Most of these weeds are what we term as “winter annuals”.  Weeds that germinate from seed in the fall and grow throughout the winter and by spring are quite large producing flowers and seed heads before they die leaving a new supply of seed for the next fall. Most typical are annual bluegrass, chickweeds, henbit, and lawn burweed (sticker weed).   Your lawn may also be infested with perennial winter weeds such as wild garlic, dandelions, clover, plantains, etc. which come back each fall from underground plant parts such as bulbs, corms, or rhizomes.  Regardless of the winter weeds your lawn may contain they are much easier to control now while they are small and less noticeable.  

There are several good post-emergence type herbicides available to control these winter weeds without any injury to your dormant lawn.   For further information on specific herbicides look for the extension publication number 1532 “Weed Control Guidelines for Mississippi” on the www.msu.cares.com web site.

The cold temperatures should have finished off those lingering canna, day lily, and other warm season foliage. Mark the spot with a flag or marker, remove the dead foliage with pruners, and decide now if you want to divide or move bulbs or corms. Also observe woody perennials for cold damage and prune obviously dead areas.

The choices offered in seed catalogues are amazing. Several years ago a few companies started offering seed blends for salad mixes. This year the Seedway Company has three pages dedicated to “baby greens” and breeders are developing lettuces, spinach, and arugulas just for this market. The concept of harvesting the dinner salad from the garden pre-mixed has been accepted by enough gardeners to attract the attention of the marketers. The concept is particularly well adapted to large container gardens. You’ll never get a fresher salad than one you gather with your own scissors.

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