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Date:  May 25, 2021
Agent:  Donna Teasley

Hello, this is Donna Teasley, horticulture agent with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Burke Center.

Hot weather seems to have arrived a little early in Burke County this year so that means that some summer chores need to be started earlier than usual. Hot temperatures without abundant rain means that our plants need some supplemental water.

New trees and shrubs that are planted now should be given plenty of water. Newly lawns need an inch of water per week starting now and continuing throughout the summer. In fact, anything that has been planted recently is going to require extra water this summer. Spring flowering bulbs that are blooming now need to be given water also. The flowers will last much longer when watered. Remember to water in any fertilizers that you have applied.

Weeds seem to be appearing by the millions and early control is the secret to keeping them out of the garden. Remember that young tender weeds are much more sensitive to herbicides now than they will be after they have matured. This is a great time to control poison ivy! Early control can also prevent flower formation and seed dispersal.

The growing season is starting off full blast this year and the gardeners of Burke County better put on their running shoes to keep up with the season.

This is Donna Teasley with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Burke Center. If you would like more information about this program you can call us at 764-9480

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Donna Teasley, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDonna TeasleyExtension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture Call Donna Email Donna N.C. Cooperative Extension, Burke County Center
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