Horticulture Tips

Tim Baker, MU Extension Horticulture Specialist
102 N. Main, Suite 1, Gallatin, MO 64640
660-663-3232, bakert@missouri.edu

Here’s a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension:

If you decide to move a tree or shrub, do it the professional way.  Dig a large root ball, and wrap it in a piece of burlap.  Tie it securely and move the balled and burlapped plant to its new location.  Be sure to remove the burlap before planting.  Be sure to water the tree well for the first year, especially if it’s dry.

Horticulture Tip for the week of October 7-13, 2018
Title: “Climbing Roses”

If your climbing roses are in an exposed location, give them a little help this winter, by tying them securely with broad strips of rags to the trellis.  This will keep them firmly in place when those winter winds come, and help prevent damage to the bark. For more information on rose care, contact your local Extension Center.

Horticulture Tip for the week of October 14-20, 2018
Title: “Liming Lawns”

This is a good time of year to get a soil test for your lawn, to see if it needs lime or not.  It has been found that lawns grown on acidic soils are more subject to winter kill, more prone to injury from chemical applications, and generally less reliable under stress.  To prevent these kinds of problems, test your soil regularly and add lime when it’s needed.

Horticulture Tip for the week of October 21-27, 2018
Title: “Fall Cleanup for Vegetable Gardens”

When cleaning up your vegetable garden for the winter, don’t forget to remove those weeds.  Many disease-causing viruses overwinter in the roots of perennial weeds.  Tobacco mosaic virus, for example, overwinters in the roots of ground cherry, horse nettle, jimson weed, nightshade, and bittersweet.  If those weeds are carrying the virus, and are left in place, they may infect your new garden next year.

Horticulture Tip for the week of October 28 to November 3, 2018
Title: “Fall Cleanup for Orchards”

When cleaning up around the orchard this fall, be sure to remove and destroy all fallen fruit, branches, and leaves.  Leaving these on the ground will provide a good place to overwinter insect pests and disease organisms.  You’ll get a head start on disease and insect control for next year if you take a little extra time to remove them now.

Horticulture Tip for the week of November 4-10, 2018
Title: “Guy Wires”

If you have a tree which is supported by a guy wire, remember to check this fall to make sure that the hose section which protects the tree from the wire is still in place.  Winter winds will be causing a lot of tree movement, and unprotected wire could cause a lot of damage to your tree.  You may also want to check the position of the wire, in case in needs to be placed differently to avoid damage.

Horticulture Tip for the week of November 11-17, 2018
Title: “Tree Trunk Protection”

Young trees with smooth bark are especially subject to winter injury due to fluctuating temperatures and strong sunshine.  To protect your tree, wrap it with a commercial tree wrap, burlap strips, or simply paint the trunk with an inexpensive white latex paint.  Be sure it’s a latex paint.  And if you wrap the tree with burlap, be sure to untie it next spring when growth resumes.

Horticulture Tip for the week of November 18-24, 2018
Title: “Earthworms”

Earthworms are great for breaking down organic matter in your soil to provide nutrients, but soon they will start digging deeper in the soil to avoid freezing temperatures.  If you would like to encourage them to remain higher in your soil, use mulch to prevent deep freezing.  If you would rather they work deeper, and aerate subsoil layers, remove your mulches.

Horticulture Tip for the week of November 25 to December 1, 2018
Title: “Mango Trees”

Looking for an interesting houseplant?  Try a mango tree.  After purchasing your mango fruit from the store, remove the seed, and let it dry overnight.  Then gently pry open the husk surrounding the seed.  Place the seed in a plastic bag surrounded by damp peat moss.  It should germinate within two or three weeks, to provide you a slow-growing, leathery-leaved tree.

This has been Tim Baker, with a Horticulture Tip from University of Missouri Extension.