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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, August 25, 1994, Page PAGE 5-B, Image 17

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Important Tasks Revealed For Fall Gardeners A recent newsletter by Kim Powell (landscape specialist. Horti culture Department, N.C State University) highlighted a series of important gardening tasks for the autumn gardener. I have added to and modified his list and believe the following information will answer many forthcoming questions. ? Prune off faded blooms of crape myrtles. Most crape myrtles have been blooming for the past month or so, and as the flowers fade, seed heads form Now is a good time to tip prune those seed heads off for two reasons: (1) flowering is encouraged; and (2) weight will be relieved from the branches. You will notice how a crape myrtle in full bloom is easily bent out of shape af ter a summer rain shower. The flow ers form on this seasons' new growth, which is usually not strong enough to support the weight of a wet bloom or seed head. ? Spring flowering bulb cata logues are arriving, so it must be time to start thinking about next year's garden. Now is a good time to design that garden, but wait until it cools off a bit to actually do any thing. Spring flowering bulbs are best planted in late October through December. Now is a good time to take a soil sample. ? Late Summer Renovation: After 4 or 5 months of growing, many landscape beds are p? oh ably in need of a good weeding and edg ing. I have seen numerous plantings that would benefit from a total late summer renovation. Tbis would in clude hand-pulling the annual weeds and grasses and spraying a contact herbicide on the tough perennial weeds and grasses. The perennials and most woody plants can stand a tip pruning or even a heading-back trim. Some perennials will probably need stak ing. After these projects are com plete, re-edge the bed, apply a pre emergent herbicide if necessary and add a fresh layer of mulch. ? 2,4, D, Amitrol, Roundup and Banvel are contact herbicides la beled for poison ivy and poison oak control. If you want an organic con trol method, buy a goat. And if you are concerned about the quality of the milk, don't worry. According to University of California researchers, goats eating poison oak do not produce milk that is contaminated. They conclude that it is safe to use goats to clear poison oak. They also assumed that it was safe to use goats to clear poison ivy and poison sumac, since the toxic chemical, urushiol, is essentially the same in all three. No urushiol was found in the milk or urine samples of goats fed on 100-percent poison oak for 10 days. ? Now is a good time to prepare sites for tree planting. September through December is an excellent time to plant trees in coastal North CENTIPEDE SOD Gressette Sod Farms 1-MO-444-2M3 FLORENCE, SC I^ALL STAR ^ FLAGS 1-800-868- FLAG Flags ? Banners Pennants Holiday naga & Banners RwMwfliltCwm'it Flagpoles Installation, too. FREE Catalog & Delivery m101 Aviatort Lana MVPI Burgaw, NC 28425 yfilU Cillwftnt Moors, Ownar CONVI Nil NT TOURS AND TRAVEL ? OK \rt H)lllTK\MI Nil I)S 0 HalMta. 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Landscape beds often need a break from the same combinations of plants, especially bedding plants. On a recent visit to Callaway Gar dens in Pine Mountain. Ga . Kim Powell reported seeing the following plants used in various landscape beds. There's no reason why we shouldn't try some of the same com binations in some North Carolina landscapes. (The common names are followed in italic by the scientific or cultivar name.) Summer Bedding Plants For Next Year's Gardes Lantana (Miss Huff's Hardy, Radiation, New Gold) Annual Hibiscus (Red Shield) Silver Dollar (Eucalyptus cinerm) Egyptian Surflower (Pentas Lanceolaia) Sweet PoUto (Ipomea Blackie) Wormwood (Artansia Powis Castle) Narrow-leaf Zinnia (Zinnia an gustifolia) Excellent Fall- Blooming Perennials For The Sage (Salvia Madrensis) Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leu canlha) New England Aster (Aster nova angliae) Swamp Sunflower (Helianthus gi gantau) Tartarian Aster (Aster tartaricus) Send your gardening questions and comments to the Plant Doctor, P.O. Box 109, Bolivia NC 28422. Please send a SASE for a reply or if requesting information. Sunset Beach Motel 910-579-7093 Check Our Rates' Wide &e?ectieti finest quaiitif at &ig, fixutingA, cute pxvc fiat owe cawt&e' USDA CHOICE WHOLE MiQ NEW YORK STRIP . 4 USDA CHOICE P19 Mew York Strip Steaks .b j J it the .7'v<' Shop 10-INCH FRESH BAKED Apple Pie. 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