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July 26, 2010 - Horticulture Column


Today the sun is shining brightly and appears to be heading towards a very “heatful” day.  The projects are starting to pile up as the North Dakota State Horticulture Society tour approaches.  The group is in town August 13-14.  They will be touring four different landscapes to include Ardon Hermans’ arboretum, Finley McClain home, Bill Byrams’s home and our home.  This will happen on August 13th.  You do need to be a member of the state society.  Lake Region State College will be the host site for the two event and proves to be a very informative two day event.  There is a fee to attend the event and you can receive further information by contacting our office at 662-7027.  August 14th will find concurrent sessions held at the college.  With all of that being said, I started another project in my yard and this will be somewhat different as it will be a rock garden.  I have a purpose in mind and am not sure what the final project will look like but I do have a pile of dirt dumped in the location of the garden.  Now comes the hard part of leveling and forming the new garden.  Time is most definitely slipping away.  This past week we lost a very good young friend.  It is hard to imagine someone 34 years of age leaving us for a better place but he is and now life will have to move forward with his memories.  Greg  worked  for us during our farming years.  He was always a treat to be around and always knew who you were.  We will miss Greg Helle.  I remember one time Greg was helping us put an electric fence and in the ruckus decided he was going to wrestle with me.  It truly was all in fun but during the fun he had lost his billfold.  We looked everywhere in a 10 foot radius.  Two years later I found it laying on the ground and surprisingly everything was in pretty good condition.  He was surprised to see his billfold back. 

The summer season is closing down on us quite quickly and a friendly reminder to us to thinking ahead to the final countdown.  Getting our gardens ready for next season and preparing our lawns for the upcoming winter season.  It is always a great time to be thinking of a good weed control plan for those areas.  The weeds in my yard are on a growing harmone and have never seen so many growing.  I have every flavor of weed growing you could imagine and will be my prime target this weekend.  I did try some Preen this early summer and had great luck with that product.  This product is used on flower beds and raked in lightly to just cover up the salt sized particles.  It has done a tremendous job of holding flower bed weeds at bay. 



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