Extension Gardener Class 7
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Caring For Your Landscape
Even when planted in the right place most landscape plants will need care from time to time, including those promoted as tough or low maintenance. During this class you will learn how to care for your landscape without harming the environment. Practices covered will include pruning, nutrient management, watering, and mulching.
Learn more about pruning from this series of publications from NC State Extension:
- Before the Cut discusses why trees and shrubs should be pruned
- Tools to Make the Cut will help you select the right tool for the job
- General Pruning Techniques illustrates the correct way to prune trees and shrubs and shares tips for pruning trees, deciduous shrubs, evergreens and conifers
- How to Prune Specific Plants is a guide to pruning 75 common landscape trees, shrubs, and vines
- Pruning Crape Myrtle
- What’s Wrong with Topping Trees
Soil Testing and Fertilizing Landscape Plantings:
- If you submitted soil samples in April you should have received an email from Agronomic LMS with a link to your results. If you did not, you can find soil test results from samples submitted in the past 3 years online (hint: enter your last name only in the search box): Find your soil test results.
- Not sure how much fertilizer to apply? This fertilizer calculator will tell you how much of each nutrient you are applying when you enter the three number analysis and application rate
- Here is another fertilizer calculator. It will help you determine how much of a fertilizer to apply to provide a specific amount of nitrogen
- This Clemson Extension publication on modifying soil pH discusses raising pH with lime as well as decreasing pH with sulfur
- A Gardener’s Guide to Soil Testing:
- A Gardener’s Guide to Fertilizer Trees and Shrubs
- For more resources on soils and fertilizers, visit the resource page from Class 2
Learn more about mulch, watering, and other topics covered in Class 7:
- Make the most of mulch by applying the right amount in the right place – learn more
- Learn more about nuisance fungi that may grow in mulch
- This article from Georgia Extension discusses why you should avoid volcano mulching
- Planting trees and shrubs – guidelines
- Efficient water use in landscapes and gardens
- Water wise principles minimize your landscape’s need for irrigation – learn more from this Georgia Extension publication
- Rainwater Harvesting – Guide for Homeowners
Use Extension Search to find research based information from Cooperative Extension systems across the U.S.