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Don’t Be Tempted To Prune Roses Yet

As the new year begins there are several opportunities to learn more about topics that might be of interest.  The first opportunity is the 2018 Pecan Education workshop at the Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Raymond on January 18th.  The workshop will consist of a morning horticulture session and an afternoon pest and disease session.  The workshop is designed for the beginning or commercial pecan grower.

Another great training scheduled is called “Food as a Business for Producers” and provides training for small scale vegetable growers with the intent of building new marketing avenues.  This training will be held at the Bost Extension Building on the campus of Mississippi State University on January 24.  

The third opportunity is the North Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Conference in Verona on February 8th and 9th.  The Fruit and Vegetable conference has a full slate of university experts and industry professionals who will provide information about all things related to fruit and vegetable growing.  All of these trainings require pre-registration and if you would be interested, just call the extension office at 662-675-2730 and we will help you.  

Saturday of this past week I was browsing the radio and heard a popular news talk radio host talking about yard work and pruning in particular.  With the recent cold temperatures that we had a lot of people who want to be out working in the yard.  I have to agree with this person about pruning most things in the yard and that is to only prune perennials that have died back to the ground now.  

Do not be tempted to prune those roses just yet and do not cut off foliage that was bitten by those frigid temperatures.  If you must get out and get your hands dirty in the yard, find a river birch or pecan tree to pick up limbs under.  

One thing that can be done now in the lawn is spraying a pre-emerge herbicide for those early spring weeds and even a nonselective herbicide for those emerged winter annual weeds like clovers and hen bit.  I can just imagine with the extended days of frozen ground that some of the Centipede and St. Augustine lawns are going to suffer some winter kill.  If you do have winter kill in your lawn on your turf grass, I would not recommend trying to replant with St. Augustine for several reasons.  One being it is almost impossible to find St. Augustine sod and secondly we are on the verge of being too far north for it.  Another strike against St. Augustine is it is the only grass that can be infected by a virus that has no cure.  

I personally have Centipede grass in part of my yard and I have never had any winter kill that I am aware of.  I believe this is a direct result of the complete lack of care that I give the centipede.  I have witnessed several centipede lawns that are managed as far as fertilizing properly and seem to have winter kill every couple of years.    

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