Stewart* Rebecca Rayburn
Donna Elliot It Leah HarreU
Fall is crucial time for lawn maintenance
? New moon tonight
? As we remember the summer of
"...In the last part of May the sky
grew pale and the clouds that hand
hung in high puffs for so long in the
spring were dissipated. The sun
flared down on the growing corn day
after day until a line of brown spread
along the edge of each green bayonet.
Jean f in?l(>?
The clouds appeared, and went
away, and in a while they did not try
any more..." "Grapes of Wrath,"
John Steinbeck, 1937.
Some way or other, year after
year, we still manage to hang on,
The following are things to be done
the first week in October:
? Check camellias for tea scale.
Now that nights are cooler, you will
want to use an oil-based spray, such
; ? Take grass out of the cracks of
; brick walks before winter sets in.
;Grass roots continue their
; development during cold months and
?may seriously damage brickwork.
Rock salt will help eradicate grass.
Do not use gasoline, as it may harm
or kill neighboring plants.
' ? Roses are putting on their annual
<fall extravaganza. Keep them fer
'.tilized, watered and mulched.
) ? Dutch iris should be planted as
! soon as possible.
; ? Experiment with some woody
plant seeds. Make a small unob
trusive bed that will not be disturbed
|and plant a few Japanese barberry,
)crabapple, golden rain trees,
?hemlocks, hollies, wisteria.
? Extremely hard seeds such as
wisteria require scarifying to get
good results. Use a file or sharp knife
?#nd nick a little hole in the coat to let
? Crop rotation is a very wise
procedure, as you know, for control
of pests and diseases. Make a record
in your garden diary of the position of
your crops this year for future
? Trees planted in the last year or
two may require protection from
gnawing animals during winter
months. Use wire mesh or heavy
paper that can be removed at the
start of next season's growth.
? Check chrysanthemums for
aphids and mildew. Dust carefully,
water well in the next 24 hours. This
will keep blooms from getting
? Harvest time for pumpkins has
arrived. Check surface of skin. When
you can no longer puncture it easily
with a fingernail, it is mature. Cut
from vine, leaving two inches of stem
and store in a cool place.
Not Mowin'? Start Sowin'
Fall is the most crucial time in
lawn maintenance ? dont' stop now
just because you're spending less
time with the lawn mower. Take a
good look. Is it patchy? Weedy?
Should you repair or start over?
Find out why grass failed in
specific spots. Check for clay or rock
layers, buried building materials,
drainage problems. Get a soil
analysis: you may need lime or other
nutrients. Fertilize as recommended.
As established, well-built lawn
needs ten pounds per square foot of
lawn fertilizer every spring and fall.
Proper lawns do not require ex
tensive watering in normal weather.
Fescues, one of our major grasses,
may brown in extreme drought but
will green right up again with a good
supply of rain. A single deep
watering is far superior to light
sprinklings, which take too much
Thoroughly soak until soil is wet to
a depth of six inches. It doesn't make
any difference if the sun is shining or
To spiff up a tired lawn, start by
eradicating undesireable plants.
Nutsedge, or nutgrass, crabgrass,
goosegrass and the like my be con
trolled with arsenates. Let's not go
into what constitutes DSMA, MAMA,
MSMA and CMA.
The important thing to know is that
they are available in liquid for
mulations in garden supply stores.
Just follow directions, using the
sprayer attachment that fits on
Sometimes grass becomes
discolored with application of a
herbicide, but a good rain will restore
it to its original hue.
Two weeks after, application of any
herbicide prepare soil for seeding.
Hand rake or fork soil if the area is
small. A really big lawn may require
a machine capable of coring and
grooving the surface. Soil should be
worked two or three inches deep for
After seeds have been broadcast,
roll or tamp the area and mulch with
hay. Water well. Do not sow too
heavily ? crowded seedlings get
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Go 5 miles, turn right and follow signs.
Order, may be placed with The Perquimnan, Weekly Office
4-Hers participate in Albemarle Heifer Show
Youth from u far away at Trenton
and Wendell will participate In the
third annual Northeastern Heifer
Show this Saturday. Ocother I, at the
Albemarle Livestock Arena in
To be eligible for the show, the
exhibitors must be age 21 or younger,
and should exhibit cattle born bet
ween January 1, 1983 and Ferbruary
28, IMS. The show is open to all
breeds of beef cattle.
Heifers must have been properly
vaccinated and tested, as well as
The show does not include a. and is
divided into two categories,
Showmanship and Heifer Com
petition. Larry Seal is going to be the
judge for both. Showmanship judging
begins at 12:05 and the Heifer Show
will follow at 2:30.
Trophies will be awarded to all
class winners, Grand and Reserve
Champion Heifers and both Junior
and Senior Showmanship Grand and
Those participants from
Perquimans County include Cheryl
Stallings, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Claxton Stallings of Belvidere. Miss
Stallings will also be showing her
heifers at the N. C. State Fair on
Also showing heifers will be Lynn
and Donna Elliott, daughters of Mr.
and Mr*. Billy Elliott, Rt. 2, Hert
ford; and Leah and Jason Harrell,
children of Mr. and Mr*. Tommy
Harrell, Rt. 1, Hertford. Their heifers
are owned by Willow Creek Farms.
Nicky Nixon, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Ed Nixon of Hertford and Ellen Lane,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy
Lane of Belvidere, will be showing
heifers belonging to Ed Nixon.
Rebecca and Stewart Rayburn,
children of Mr. and Mrs. Walker
Rayburn of Rt. 1, Hertford, will be
showing their own heifers.
spindly, more susceptible to disease.
The appearance of moss in a lawn
does not denote an acid condition.
Moss indicates that the soil is too
poor for grajs and drainage is bad.
Rake up the moss with an iron rake
and follow your original renovating
Corner of Dobb
Streets in Hertford
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