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Lawn cfe Garden Ti
Tree planting tips
Why plant trees?
Trees not only provide us with
wood, paper, fruit, nuts, shade, nat-
ural beauty and a buffer against
noise, they play an important role in
earth s natural cycles. Trees remove
carbon dioxide from the atmosphere
and store it until they die and
decompose or are burned. Since car-
bon dioxide is a gas responsible for
half of the greenhouse effect, trees
act as a natural control against glob-
al warming. A typical healthy tree
removes between 25 and 45 pounds
of carbon from the air every year.
Trees also help prevent flooding and
help control soil erosion. Although
trees are necessary for our survival,
forests are being destroyed at a rate
far faster than „
efforts to re-
place them. In
ies, four trees
for every one
ban tree plant-
tures can be
saved by reducing the need for air-
conditioning. Well-positioned trees
can shade buildings and reduce their
energy consumption by up to 50 per-
cent. As less coal, oil and gas are
burned to provide the energy used
by air conditioners, less carbon
dioxide is released into the air where
it contributes to global warming
By planting fruit and nut trees in
backyards and community gardens,
it is possible to reduce the need to
transport such items from remote
rural areas. This further saves on
Planting and care
Before planting a tree, it is impor-
tant to choose a species that will
thrive under local conditions An
area with high temperatures and lit-
tle water, for example, requires a
tree that is drought tolerant
Likewise, in areas of high precipita-
tion it is wise to plant trees that
demand large amounts of moisture
Different trees thrive under different
conditions By planting trees that
grow naturally in your area, you can
be pretty sure they will be success-
ful. Consult a local nursery for sug-
gestions on trees that will thrive
where you live.
is another im-
make sure the
trees are pro-
A few stakes
and a mesh
fence can do much to prevent dogs
and other animals from injuring
Generally, trees should be
watered deeply and on a regular
basis. Letting a hose drip at the base
of the tree for several hours will
allow the water to soak deep into the
soil and encourage deep rooting
This will give the tree a better
chance of surviving drought. Trees
are most vulnerable in their first
couple of years of life and should be
tended with special care
Tree planting steps
Inspect the tree for breakage, roots outside of container, etc.
Dig hole to sue Width two times the diameter of the container (min-
imum 1; Depth: same depth as the root ball Be sure to rough up the
sides of the hole so that no slick surfaces are present.
Check the hole depth by placing the tree (inside container) in the
Remove the tree from the container, place it in the hole.
Massage the root mass to loosen the roots and correct the "circling"
Position the tree so that it is straight
Carefully fill in around the root mass:
a. Break up the clods.
b. Pack firmly (but not too firmly) every few shovels with your
hands and feet.
Use the remaining dirt to form a berm (mound) around the hole
Inside of the berm should be at perimeter of the root mass
Drive three stakes at the comers of an imaginary triangle around the
tree. Each stake should be approximately three feet from the base.
Attach the tree strap and guy wires according to the directions accom-
panying the staking materials.
Collect all of the tools and supplies.
Pat yourself on the back. You're done!
Grass may not be
PC, but it works
Lawn benefits celebrated
during the month of April
(NU) - As the country welcomes
the first signs of spring, lawn care
and landscaping activities swing
into high gear.
To celebrate springtime and the
nation's focus on outdoor activities,
the Professional Lawn Care
Association of America designates
each April as National Lawn Care
"April is an excellent time to rec-
ognize the many benefits lawns pro-
vide," says Ann E. McClure, execu-
tive vice president of PLCAA. "A
healthy turf helps to purify and cool
the air. filters water that drains into
the ground, increases the value of
your home, and provides a cush-
ioned play surface for children."
According to a recent Gallup sur-
vey, consumers spent $25.9 billion
on do-it-yourself lawn and garden
activities in 1994. They spent an
additional $13.4 billion on profes-
sional lawn and landscape services,
which represents an increase of
$900 million over the previous year
The survey showed that people
who recognize the benefits of a
well-maintained lawn and landscape
have a median income of $30,(XX).
are active in the workforce, over-30
college-educated homeowners with
business or professional occupa-
tions, and live outside the central
For a free brochure on "The
ABCs of Lawn & Turf Benefits,"
send a self-addressed, stamped
envelope to: PLCAA. 1000 Johnson
Ferry Road, N.E., Suite C-135,
Marietta, GA 30068.
By Abby Adams
For News USA
(NU)—Like it or not. w hat you do
with the land around your house
tells the world what sort of person
lawn says you're
neat, tidy and
enough to hire
someone to mow Abby Adams
the grass or leisured enough to do it
To an environmentalist, though,
that carefully nurtured velvety-green
carpet is an ongoing ecological
crime. Green, these days, is anti-
Now that's something to think
about as you’re dusting off the
mower for the season's first grass-
I, for one. happen to like (notice 1
didn't say "love") grass. Look at it
this way: Who would want to walk
barefoot on ground cover like
pachysandra. periwinkle or juniper?
And a meadow—the trendies! lawn
substitute these days—looks like the
most natural thing in the world hut
isn’t easy to achieve.
It turns out that wildflower seeds
need as much attention as any other
seed. And even the meadow of your
dreams may not last. This spring’s
glorious field of wildflowers may be
next spring's field of weeds
Then, there’s the old-fashioned
front-yard garden Despite its
charm, most people don’t relish the
intense maintenance needed to keep
such a public display at the peak of
So what's a suburban landowner
to do? My choice for part of our
property is a "non-lawn " We have
grass but we don’t use chemicals to
keep it lush and green. And we hired
Roy, a nice retiree who loves
machines, to mow it
We never water the grass, unless
we're trying to start new seed. We
certainly don’t feed it; that would
only make it grow faster. And we
use no pesticides or herbicides—I
walk barefoot in the stuff, and I
don’t want my feet to fall off.
Roy leaves the clippings on the
law n, where they decompose and do
good things for the soil.
As plants go, grass is pretty
cheap, as long as you don't go nuts
with the chemicals It’s cool and
makes the air smell sweet. It doesn't
distract the eye from a distant view.
It enables you to see snakes before
they see you. And it has a miracu-
lous ability to go dormant during a
Two cheers for grass'
(Abby Adams is author of "The
Gardeners Gripe Hook" /S/0 95.
paperback, (HIM)) 722-7202/ pub-
lished by Workman Publishing and
available in bookstores this spring.)
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Fl‘ & &!
Square Dance Lessons
Wylie Community Room
March 20 thru May 29
from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
For information call 442-4037
Learn Texas's Official Folk Dance.
Also learn associated dances: line, round, clogging
You don't need a partner to join in the fun,
and kids are always welcome!
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4” 794 ea. reg99<
•1 gal. $1M •$104fi/flat, reg. $ 12M
Shade loving perennial
flower* in springl
4" 99$ reg. $112
Multiple sizes fir colorsl
• Bradford Pear
Shapely ornamental tree to 30 ft tall!
5 gal. $24“ reg. $32“
Large, extra nice
10 Gal. $59“ reg.$69“
15-20 gal. $79“ reg. up to $99“
o Annuals, Perennials,
Trees & Shrubs
Arriving daily! Too numerous to list
o Bald Cypress
Balled and Burlaped I
Take 20% Off! '
[ \ full line of natural products
v ) Earthworm Castings
X 15#. $6.95 reg.SX.95
30# $10.95 reg. $13.95
Bioform Qts. $15.95
Mail in rebate $ 3.00
end cost $12.95
Satural lawn Food 6-J-3 Special Huy $ 7.95
It’s time to feed
VOI R LAWN AND
KILL WEEDS TOO!
& Feed Special
a Weed & Feed Special
Omek mit Dux
Tree & Shrub Food
Wednesday is Senior Citizen Discount Day
15% OFF on non-sale items
(ask for discount before purchasei
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Metal Edging 10’ - $ 7.25
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