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April 23, 2012 Horticulture Column


Wow wasn’t Sunday a gorgeous day?  I spent the entire day out doing the normal early spring activities to include cleaning.  It sure does make the yard look better even though we have some areas that appear to have a winter kill accident?  I say that with tongue in cheek as one little area might have had a little extra Roundup applied over the “line”.  As you work on your yard you might also notice some areas that appear or appeared kind of dead and I would encourage you to get those areas raked, apply a little grass seed and rake that area again.  I have mentioned this in the past, several times, but I also encourage you to apply a little grass seed across your whole lawn.  This activity really spices up your lawn and will help fill in any area that is showing some stress, for some reason or other.  In my yard, I also have an area that got some magnesium chloride when they were spreading for road dust control.  In that area I had to remove about two inches of dirt and am now in the process of adding clean dirt back in.  This is very important and make sure you dispose of the dirt into an area that can handle some discarded dirt and somewhere where it will not affect any other growing plant.  A compost pile might be effective but would need checking after a period of time.

Arbor Day   

This is a reminder to include Arbor Day on your calendar.  Devils Lake will celebrate Arbor Day on May 18th at 1:pm.  The activities will take place at Heartland Care to help them celebrate their renovations.  Arbor Day is a great way to think about what “trees” have done for us and our communities.  Wouldn’t this be a poor place to live without trees?  Please mark your calendar for May 18th at 1 pm.  See you there.

Master Gardener classes to start:

 If you are thinking of becoming a master gardener here is your opportunity.  Starting August 17 – October 5, 2012, you will have the opportunity to learn more about gardening and become a master’s gardener.  The classes are held at 8:30 am to 12:30 pm each Friday for the eight week period.  THE CLASSES WILL BE HELD AT THE NORTH DAKOTA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF through the use of IVN.  Some of you have called and asked to be reminded about the start time and here is your official notice.


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