Fall is a great time to plant trees and shrubs.
The cooler temperatures make this an ideal growing condition for these woody plants, which leads to the development of a good root system.
Woody plants are sold three different ways: container grown, balled and burlapped or bare-root.
Container grown plants tend to be smaller and can be kept easily until planting as long as they are properly watered. The plants are grown in the same pot from seeding to transplant.
However, once planted it often takes time for the roots to break out of their artificial media, which means that watering is very important. Another method of loosening the root ball is to cut or pull some of the roots loose.
The balled-and-burlapped plant is cut and dug at the nursery then placed in a burlap sack for sale. It is best to keep these woody plants in the shade until planting, which should be done as soon as possible.
Do not drop the soil ball directly into the ground, or it may crack. Instead, lower it gently into the hole. Also, do not pick up the plant by holding the trunk.
If the tree or shrub is wrapped in a material that will decompose quickly, it may be buried with the tree. The rule to abide by is if it does not rot, remove it. Any metal or synthetic/plastic burlap should be disposed of before planting.
Bare-root plants should be kept at 40 degrees F until they are sold. The tree or shrub should be planted while in its dormant stage. It is best to plant bare-root plants in spring. These plants must be handled with care.
Be sure to choose a site where soil is deep, fertile and well drained. When digging the hole, make it large enough to hold the roots without manipulating or breaking them. Container grown or balled and burlapped plants should be planted as deep as the root ball. Bare root plants should be planted a little deeper than the root system.
To learn more about trees and shrubs that do well here in Kentucky, visit www2.ca.uky.edu/agc/pubs/ho/ho61/ho61.pdf.
Fall is a great time to plant trees and shrubs.
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Community invited to celebrate Mary Tate Weitkamp’s 80th Wednesday
You are invited come to Union City and celebrate Mary Tate Weitkamp’s 80th birthday on Wednesday night, Dec. 18. The party will be 6 p.m. at the Union City Ruritan. They request no gifts. Just bring a picture, card or a smile. Cake and punch will be served.
Christmas is less than two weeks away
Hello from Baldwin.
How is everyone’s week going? I hope everyone is having a great one. I also hope you are staying warm and safe.
Snow and cancellations allow us to slow down
Oh! What a great morning this Tuesday, Dec. 10, with a light snow falling and the sun is trying to shine. Isn’t life just wonderful!
Richmond’s Christmas parade is Friday night
Do you have most of your Christmas shopping done? If not, take a deep breath of air, make a hot cup of tea to clear your mind and schedule an upcoming day to finish your task.
Better safe than sorry with bad weather is forecast
How did you like the “snow day” on Tuesday?
Better safe than sorry, right?
According to the weather forecasters, more of the white stuff may be falling this weekend.
Ice forecast brings back memories of big storms
I am glad that this weather has been a hit or miss for us.
Al, Alice & Ruth holiday concert Saturday
The Al, Alice & Ruth Holiday Musical Special is scheduled 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Berea Arena Theater. The show will feature special guest Richard Bellando. Featuring the sounds of banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass, the show will include both traditional tunes such as “Jingle Bells” and “What Child is This” and new Al, Alice & Ruth originals, “Caroling in the Snow” and “Starlit Lullaby.” Admission is $5.
Cold-weather horse nutrition
Winter may not arrive officially until Dec. 21, but wintry weather is already here.
Consider these ideas for feeding your horses this winter.
The first thing every horse owner should do is assess your horses’ body condition scores, or the amount of fat they are carrying.
This is simple numeric system, ranging from 1 to 9 that will help you adjust your horses’ diets so they are carrying the perfect amount of body weight.
Choose the right Christmas tree
When choosing a Christmas tree, freshness is the key. To ensure that your tree has optimum freshness, it is best to cut it yourself.
Now, that is not to say that you need to cut one out of your or your neighbor’s yard, but there are several tree farms in central Kentucky.
If you decide not to cut your own tree, there are several tree lots to choose from in the area. Many of the trees found on tree lots will probably not have been cut locally, but instead shipped in from other states such as North Carolina or even Colorado. Ask the vendor where the trees are from.
Winter chill means it’s soup time in Kentucky
I love the winter months because I can try some new and different soups. I use the crock pot for most of all my soups. Here are some recipes you might like to try.
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