Lower South

April, 2012
Regional Report

Hand Pull Weeds In Turf

It is getting warm enough that some broadleaf weed killers can cause damage to certain southern turf species, including St. Augustine and Centipedegrass. You can make a lot of headway against warm season weeds by spending a little time here and there to pull and discard them. If it hasn't rained recently, water the soil to soften it and make pulling easier and more effective.

Keep Tomato Roots Evenly Moist

When tomato plants are subjected to fluctuations in soil moisture content the cells in the blossom end of the fruit can die from a lack of calcium reaching them. This results in a condition called blossom end rot. Make sure and keep the soil evenly moist to help avoid this problem. This is especially important on container grown tomatoes, which have confined root systems.

Shear Hedges Regularly

Frequent shearing results in denser hedges. Always work to keep the tops no wider than the base so that light reaches all areas of the outer hedge surface ensuring good foliage growth from top to bottom.

Train New Canes on Climbing Roses

Climbing roses develop long shoots or canes that will bloom better if trained back and forth in more horizontal type orientations across a trellis or arbor. Use jute twine or other soft materials to tie the canes in place.

Set Out Herb Transplants

Herb transplants including oregano, thyme, rosemary, stevia, basil, marjoram, and lemon balm will establish and grow quickly in these warm temperatures of spring.. Water the new plants in with a dilute fertilizer solution and repeat the fertilizing again about a week later to provide an early boost to stimulate growth.

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