October 2013 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 Sept. 29 - Oct. 5, 2013
Title: Moving Trees and Shrubs

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.

Tim Baker, University of Missouri Extension

Horticulture Tip for the week  of Oct. 6 - 12, 2013
Title: Climbing Roses

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

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. 

Tim Baker, University of Missouri Extension

Horticulture Tip for the week  of Oct. 13 - 19, 2013
Title: Liming Lawns

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

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.

Tim Baker, University of Missouri Extension

Horticulture Tip for the week  of Oct. 20 - 26, 2013
Title: Fall Cleanup for Vegetable Gardens

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

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.  Tomato 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. 

Tim Baker, University of Missouri Extension

Horticulture Tip for the week of Oct. 27 to Nov. 2, 2013
Title: Fall Cleanup for Orchards

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

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. 

Tim Baker, University of Missouri Extension