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Weeds Are Jumping With Warm Weather

Last year at this time I was on a little family vacation down at the Mississippi Gulf Coast and wrote what I thought was a pretty good article about my grandfathers serving our country.  This year I had too much going on, so I had to stay at home and work most of the weekend.  

There was a Sunday evening fish fry at my in-law’s house that was a nice break from the work.  On Memorial Day I ended up staying busy with various projects all day.  One project included tying up some tomatoes which really could be an every day event.  There is a big down side to warmer weather and the vegetables growing really well – the weeds are also growing really well.  It is a constant battle with weeds of all kinds in a garden if you want it to be somewhat clean.  

I would like to take a minute to say thanks to all that have served in the military and that are currently serving in the military.  Your sacrifices keep our country safe and preserve the freedoms that we have come to enjoy and expect.  The previous generations served so well and worked so hard that now my generation and the generations younger than me are not required to serve in the military.  

In a perfect world there would be no need for countries to have a military, but unfortunately we don’t live in a perfect world and the military is a necessity.  I am just glad there are individuals that are called to serve our country.  THANKS!!!

Horticulture Tips 

Provided by Dr. Leila Kelly

Water-wise and mulch happy!

As the temperatures rise, water demands are high for growing plants. It is particularly important to keep newly transplanted trees, shrubs and perennials watered during to keep them growing and performing well.  Water early in the day for best results. Avoid watering late in the day to prevent the spread of disease problems.  The quicker the foliage can dry the less time disease organisms have to reproduce and spread in the moisture. Water thoroughly when you do water to encourage deep roots which can withstand drought during those times you can’t or don’t remember to water. 

The installation of soaker hoses and drip irrigation will save you time and energy and conserve water. One of the easiest ways to conserve water is by mulching. Keep a 2-4 inch layer of mulch around shrubs and trees. Be careful NOT to pile the mulch directly around the trunks of plants. Pine straw, bark chips, and shredded hardwood bark are effective choices. 

As a general rule, one bale of pine straw will cover about 50 to 80 square feet of bare area. For replenishing areas covered with straw, one bale will cover about 150 square feet. One cubic yard (27 cubic feet) of bark mini-nuggets will cover about 80 square feet. 

For more information and tips on mulching view the video entitled “Mulch” on the Mississippi State University Extension Service website at: This video is located under the spring topics. All the “Gardening through the Seasons”  videos can be found on the MSU Extension Service website under the Lawns and Gardens topic area.  

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