July 2014 Horticulture Tips

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

Horticulture Tip for the week of June 29 to July 5, 2014
Title: “Fourth of July Tomatoes”

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

Do you want vine-ripe tomatoes from your own garden for that Fourth of July backyard BBQ?  That can be a challenge in colder climates, but with the right varieties and favorable weather, you might be successful.  Look for quick-maturing, short-season varieties.  For example, there’s one that’s actually named “Fourth of July”, which is said to ripen within 49 days of planting.

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Horticulture Tip for the week of July 6-12, 2014
Title: “Mulching for Water Conservation”

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

It’s rare that a summer comes along that doesn’t have a few dry spells to stress your garden.  To save water, and the time spent applying it, consider putting down a good mulch.  This greatly reduces evaporation from the soil.  Be sure to pull back the mulch before you water again, to see how moist the soil is.  You may be surprised to see how much moisture is still there.

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Horticulture Tip for the week of July 13-19, 2014
Title: “Mulching for Weed Control”

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

Weeds are the perennial foes of all gardeners.  They compete for water, nutrients, light, and may even harbor diseases or insects which can infect your garden.  Instead of applying chemicals, which may harm your garden, consider a good mulch.  You’ll need enough to keep the light from reaching the soil surface, and allowing those dormant weed seeds to grow.

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Horticulture Tip for the week of July 20-26, 2014
Title: “Emerald Ash Borer”

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

Unfortunately Missouri now has several areas where the Emerald Ash Borer has been found, including locations close to the Kansas City metropolitan area. This insect has been a real problem in some states, taking out ash trees in many acres of forest.  If you find any of these small metallic green beetles, give us a call for a positive identification.

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Horticulture Tip for the week of July 27 to August 2, 2014
Title: “White Grubs in Lawns”

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

White grubs can be real pests in lawns.  They eat on the roots of your grass, causing it to thin, wilt, and dry out.  It may look like a drought, even if you water your lawn or get rainfall.   They may even attract birds, moles, or even skunks or raccoons that may dig up your lawn in search of food.  If you have white grubs, call your local Extension center and ask for our guide sheet on how to control them.

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