​In gardens, beauty is a by-product.

The main business is sex and death.

                                                    ~Sam Llewelyn

Warren County Master Gardeners

This and That

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.

 If you are planting tiny seeds, use an empty salt shaker or spice bottle with large holes to sprinkle the seeds.  

Because planting is a strenuous effort,  try some simple bending and stretching exercises before you begin. 


Birds of the Night 

Now is a good time to see and hear birds of the night. Creatures like the barred owl, great horned owl and the Eastern screech owl are easy to hear. 

Bridal Wreath Spirea

Joelyn James, MG 


​Joelyn James, MG

​         ​​Vicksburg, Mississippi

        Fire Ant Control

Control of fire ants can begin now. The best method is a two step approach of broadcasting a fresh bait pesticide over the entire lawn. After a week or two spot treat those mounds which appear and are a threat to you, your family, or your pets. Use the neighborhood approach to fire ant control. Get your neighbors to coordinate a day of broadcasting bait and then follow with the spot treat regime. It will make your neighborhood a safer place to live.

Did You Know?

When Bradford pear was introduced as an ornamental in 1964 by the US Department of Agriculture, it was known then that this tree possessed the weakest branch structure in nature. Also, the tree was assumed to be sterile. Bradford pears will seldom last more than 20 years before they bust themselves apart at the seams. That’s actually the good news.

After 25 years the ill effects of the steep v crotch branch structure – which all pears possess - take their inevitable course of action and cause pear limb structures to crack, split and bust. You can’t fool Mother Nature, and people who plant pears will sooner or later regret that choice.

However, the fact that Bradford pear trees are short lived and dangerous is not the real reason that these trees are such a disaster. The problem is that these trees are in fact not sterile. No two Bradford pears will ever reproduce among themselves, but they do cross pollinate with every other pear tree out there.

Because of the cross pollination problem, pear trees have now proliferated exponentially across our environment. And, to make matters worse, the evil offspring has reverted to the ancient Chinese Callery pears which form impenetrable thorny thickets that choke out the life out of pines, dogwoods, maples, redbuds, oaks, hickories, etc.

When you see those fields of white flowering trees, please don’t get giddy with excitement over pretty white flowers. What you are looking at are Callery pears destroying nature. Callery pears have 4 inch thorns. They can’t be mowed down. Those thorns will shred John Deere tractor tires. They can only be removed by steel tracked dozers.

And, make no mistake about this. That solitary Bradford pear growing in your yard is what caused this problem. Your one tree has spawned hundreds of evil progeny. If you don’t believe that, just take a little ride, and notice all the white flowering trees blooming these days. The closer they are to “ornamental” Bradford pear trees, the thicker they are.

If you want to save the world, cut down your Bradford pear trees. I could not be more serious about this.

If you ever go visit a plant nursery and want to know if it is a good nursery or not, ask if they sell Bradford pears. All reputable nurseries are well aware of the evils of this tree, and refuse to sell them. Don’t let someone talk you into a Cleveland Select or other pear tree, all varieties of “ornamental” pear trees are equally bad.

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Durant Ashmore Published 10:11 a.m. ET March 21, 2016 | Updated 9:37 a.m. ET March 3, 2017