​         ​​Vicksburg, Mississippi

                             Take a weed walk!

   Walk around your yard several times a week and pull up any young weeds that are emerging before they become established. They are easier to control than at any other time in their life. 

   Weed walks make you really look at your garden and save you future work.

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Mr. Frog is Ready

​Joelyn James, MG

Things to Do This Month

Warren County Master Gardeners

    The world is greening up and the lush beauty of spring in the south is all around us this month,.  

    After blooming is complete, prune and fertilize spring flowering shrubs such as azaleas and forsythia.      Bedding plants can be set out now.  Be certain to provide your tender plantings with a slow soaking of water weekly if mother nature does not cooperate. An inexpensive rain gauge will assist you in making the decision to water or not to water.  It is as easy to drown young plants as it is to “dry” them out. 

    You can divide chrysanthemums, yarrow, rudbeckia, monarda, hostas, herbs, cannas, four-o’clocks, coreoposisi and elephant ears now.  Sharing excess plants with fellow gardeners will allow others to share in the beauty of spring. This is a good time to attend plant swaps in your neighborhoods to find tried and true plants that do well in our area.

    Lima beans, cucumbers, eggplants, watermelons, okra, southern peas, pepper plants, sweet potato plants, summer squash and tomato plants can be planted at the earliest on April 8.    Repair bare grass patches in your lawn or replant large areas using seed or sprigs now. Do this when the average daytime temperature stays above 60 degrees. Pull weeds in the lawn. Try to get out all the plant parts including the roots or tubers. You can spot treat weedy areas with a herbicide that is recommended for your type of lawn. 

Cleaning Beds Out - Ready for Blooms

Joelyn James, MG

Snowball Bush

(Viburnum opulus)

​Joelyn James, MG

I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow.

David Hobson

                    Tip of the Month

   Sterilizing your pruners between cuts is an important way to keep your plants healthy and disease-free.    Most people use a jar of bleach and water. Use Clorox disinfectant wipes to sterilize your pruners between cuts – no more messy jars and drips on clothing.