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Ellis Yard Selected
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The Holden Reach lieautification Committee has selected the yard of Mr. and Mrs. Danny Ellis of 217
Lois Avenue as yard of the month for August. Pictured are Rachel Harmon, yard of the month chair
person, and Doris Rallenger, zone captain. The yard is landscaped with vinca, geraniums, petunias
and blooming oleanders.
Like Us, Yards Need Reqular Care
My garden and yard have really
been neglected this summer. The
hot, dry weather coupled with back
problems have left my yard looking
more like a prairie than a lawn:
weeds in plant beds, flowers wilting
from dry soil conditions and shrub
bery begging for a summer pruning.
The one real positive benefit of
the summer is that I have discovered
what most people already know;
there arc a lot of similarities be
tween human care and maintenance
and plant care and maintenance.
An over-fertilized and poorly
pruned tree is often highly suscepti
ble to limb breakage or other struc
tural problems. After nearly six
weeks on my back with a herniated
disk, I realize a little less fat and a
little more exercise arc in my future
plans. The doctor tells me to plan for
more diet and exercise and then fol
low through. He has 100 percent of
The same is true for your lawn and
garden. Proper routine care will save
you a great deal of time and money
in addition to keeping your yard in
much better shape. Here are some
gardening tips to help you get your
garden "in shape" for the autumn.
?Fertilize warm season grasses with
a high potassium-containing fertiliz
er before Sept. 15. Bermuda grass,
zoysia, and St. Augustine do best
with 3 or 4 pounds of 5-10-30 or
equivalent per 1,000 square feet. In
normal years, we have significant
rainfall during the last 10 days of
August to help wash in the fertilizer.
This fertilization will help winterize
your grass against cold damage.
?Harvest seeds of biennials such as
hollyhock, foxglove, etc., and plant
them. Now is also a great time to
harvest seeds of perennial flowering
plants such as daylilies and hostas.
?Begin to plan and plant fall veg
etable gardens. In the coastal plains
fall gardens are often as bountiful as
ihc summer gardens. You slill have
plenty of lime to get another crop of
cucumbers, squash or tomatoes if
you plant before Aug. 15.
?Maintain a prudent approach to ir
rigation. The fall is the time plants
store most of their food reserves for
winter, so maintain adequate water
on all lawn and garden plants.
?August and September are the best
months of the year to kill undesir
able woody vegetation like poison
ivy or kudzu. Use Roundup or simi
lar systemic herbicides for perma
nent control of these pesky plants.
?Now is not the best time of the
year for pruning. However, many
summer blooming or nonblooming
evergreens and deciduous plants will
benefit from a "fine" or "detail"
pruning to maintain shape or to re
move diseased limbs. Do not prune
spring blooming plants like azaleas
now becausc you will remove the
developing bloom buds.
?The fall is considered by most gar
dening experts to be the best lime of
year to establish wildflower plots or
perennial plant beds. Now is a great
time to condition the soil with sum
mer composited grass clippings, etc.
?You can get another month or so
of blooming from your crape myr
tles by removing the spent flowers
and light pruning.
?The secret of a really great lawn
and garden is planned and properly
Spring & Summer
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and comments to The Plant Doctor,
P.O. Box 109. Bolivia. N.C. 28422.
Patriotic Winners In July
Ed and Jane Bye were the July winners of the Sea Trail Yard of the Month. Their yard was decorated
with small American flags, a wooden Uncle Sam figure and a patriotic bear on a bicycle.
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