Cleaning up for Spring

  • Saturday, March 1, 2014

The Tulip Magnolia (Saucer Magnolia) is blooming in the Lowcountry. It is time to be sure the winter projects have been completed and the proactive spring projects in the yard and around the house have been taken care of.

With the rain we had last spring, the trees grew like gangbusters. Areas of grass might be shaded and thin that were once high-quality turf. Now might be a good time to cut new bed lines and let the trees have more room to grow. Check the sides of your house for limbs rubbing the paint off. The paint protects your house like your skin protects you or like bark protects a tree.

Look above your roofline and see if any limbs are growing above your roof that could allow varmints (squirrels, raccoons or the loveable possum) into your attic. Make sure the source of power to your house is free of limbs. Hire an insured arborist if you need some pruning done.

Any transplanting or planting of new trees or shrubs should be done ASAP. Try to get them in the ground before the plant flushes out new growth or blooms. If you are buying a blooming plant that you want a specific color or to match a color you already have, you may have to wait; otherwise, the sooner you can plant the better. When planting, remember the Diehard Transplant, it is like the yogurt Jamie Lee Curtis (great in the old version of Fun with Dick and Jane) advertises. Diehard Transplant adds all the good bacteria, wetting agents and fungi into the soil that a plant needs to help with survival.

Remember the old saying when planting, “plant it high and it will not die!”

Intice 10 Perimeter Bait is a great product to put out around the perimeter of your house for roaches, crickets, sowbugs, earwigs, silverfish, millipedes and certain ants. Intice 10 is a LEED tier 3 product and N.O.P. (National Organics Program) compliant, so it is considered very safe.

Intice 10 should also be broadcasted in the yard for mole crickets. Since Over ‘n Out changed the active ingredient away from Fipronil, mole crickets have become a major turf pest again. Mole crickets come to the surface on these warm days and love to eat this bait!

Judging from the flea products we have been selling at Possum's, now would be a good time to get ahead of the fleas. Be sure to use a product with a growth regulator. Precor 2000, Ultracide, IG Regulator and Alpine Flea Insecticide with IGR are just a few products that will get you ahead of the curve. The “PreFurred” line of products that you apply directly to the animal has done very well.

Get out your pre-emerge, or forever fight weeds!

Always read, understand and follow product labels. The product label is a federal law.

Bill Lamson-Scribner can be reached during the week at Possum's Landscape and Pest Control Supply. Possum's has three locations 481 Long Point Rd. in Mount Pleasant (971-9601), 3325 Business Circle in North Charleston (760-2600), or 606 Dupont Rd. in Charleston (766-1511). Bring your questions to a Possum's location, or visit us at PossumSupply.com. You can also call in your questions to “The Garden Clinic”, Saturdays from noon to 1 p.m., on 1250 WTMA (The Big Talker). The Horticulture Hotline is available 24/7 at PossumSupply.com.

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