March 2016 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 February 28 to March 5, 2016
Title: “Soil Testing for pH”

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

Home gardeners sometimes make the mistake of adding lime to their lawn or garden without performing a soil test.  Their soil may not need lime, and by adding more, they may actually make the soil alkaline, which is bad for most plants.  Most plants prefer a pH of 6.5 to 7.0, and if it gets much higher than that, plants could suffer.  A soil test will tell you what your soil’s pH is, and how much lime to add, if needed.

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Horticulture Tip for the week of March 6-12, 2016
Title: “Pollinating Fruit Crops”

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

When selecting fruit cultivars to plant, be sure to check out the fruit’s pollination requirements.  Apples, for example, require a different cultivar nearby to provide pollen to insure good pollination.  Some cultivars are good matches, while others cross-pollinate poorly.  If you are considering several cultivars to plant, ask for our Guide Sheet, “Pollinating Fruit Crops”, to find the best compatibility.

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Horticulture Tip for the week of March 13-19, 2016
Title: “Selecting Apple Cultivars”

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

If you are planning to plant apples this year, think carefully about the cultivars you intend to plant.  Some are more disease-resistant than others.  Some cultivars harvest early, while others wait until fall for the fruit to ripen. Some are better for fresh eating, while others are meant for processing.  Check out our Guide Sheet, “Apple Cultivars and Their Uses”, for complete details.

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Horticulture Tip for the week of March 20-26, 2016
Title: “Planting Cool-Season Grasses”

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

Cool-season grasses, such as fescue, may be established in the spring or fall for your lawn.  But the best time is in the fall.  Spring-established lawns do not have enough time to establish a good root system before hot weather hits, compared to fall-planted lawns.  So you can go ahead and seed your lawn this spring, but be aware that you may need to overseed it again this fall to get a good stand.

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Horticulture Tip for the week of March 27 to April 2, 2016
Title: “Vegetable Planting Calendar”

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

Vegetables are typically divided into warm-season and cool-season vegetables.  Even within each classification there is a lot of variability, so it pays to know how warm it needs to be before you plant your chosen vegetable.  Extension has a great Guide Sheet titled: Vegetable Planting Calendar.  It shows the optimal planting dates for each type of vegetable.  Give us a call and we’ll send you one.

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