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Wednesday, March 17, 2010 Stome County Enterprise Follow tips to grow beautiful landscapes By Jeff Wilson Horticulturist MSU Extension Service Do you ever wonder how some people manage to have such beautiful plants in their gardens? You may think they shop some- where special you&apos;ve never heard about and know deep gardening secrets, but you, too, can create an inspiring landscape and grow beautiful and healthy plants. It all begins with selecting healthy specimens at the local nursery or garden center. Look for plants that have strong branches with no crossed limbs and straight and sturdy trunks. The leaves should be of normal size, shape and color for that plant species. Most plants that home- ' owners purchase are grown in small plastic containers. Check for healthy white roots and avoid girdled or pot-b0und plants. To do this, carefully remove the plant from the container and examine the roots. Avoid plants with mechan- ical or insect damage and those with weeds in the container. You don't need to bring home any extra problems in the landscape. Buy plants that are suited for your growing region and that are known to have disease resistance to help ensure your success. Deciding where to place your new plant in the land- scape is also crucial to its success. You must know if the plant prefers sun or shade, wet or dry areas, and clay or sandy soils. Fifld out how big the plant will get, how fast it will grow and what its mature form will be. You need to know if it blooms, has fruit, has good fall. color or is subject to insect or dis- ease problems. -%+"': "llfisinformation should Beautiful plants are healthy plants. Start by buying good specimens, prepare the planting bed carefully and keep them watered appropri- ately. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Scott Corey). not discourage you from trying a new plant, but rather help you plan for its proper maintenance. Putting the right plant in the right place will elimi- nate most problems. Another step in growing beautiful landscape plants is proper preparation of the planting area. Amend your soil so that it will hold enough moisture while allowing adequate drainage. How you amend will depend on your cur- rent soil structure. A com- plete, slow-release fertilizer will provide nutrients the plant needs to flourish throughout the growing season. Dig the planting hole two to three times wider than the root-ball but no deep- er. Set the plant in place and backfill with the amended soil. Water well. Use a root-stimulator fer- tilizer at planting time to increase the plant's chance of survival. Complete the project by adding a 2-to 4- inch layer of nmlch to con- serve moisture, suppress weeds and add beauty. Don't let the plant dry out before it is planted. Once it is in the ground, remember that plants do better with DRUGS heavy, infrequent watering than light, daily applica- tions. Too-light watering is a common mistake with home gardeners, but deep watering results in deep roots. Follow these tips and you, too, can grow beautiful landscape plants. Good luck, and get growing. JOBS Supewisors he wasn't knowledgeable about TIFs simply because they" had never been used in the county. He said, though, that the creation of the incentives wouldn't impose any greater workload on his office as it would simply require the tax revenue be distributed in a different manner. Bond emphasized lthat school millage wouhd not be affected by any ftuture TIF, only ad valorenn taxes. "If this will help ermploy- ment, we should all be for it," he said. "Anythimg that's going to bring; jobs to the county, is a goodl thing." District  Supervis(or Clark Byrd made thee motion to adopt the plan and District 2 Supen'visor Daniel Harris secomded it. The measure passedt 5-o. Miles frilly e0ecte;dfliE Board of Aldermen 0 pa++ the measure as well. "I can only speak for myself, but I believe the city will be in support of this," he said. The county must adver- tise the plan three times and allow 45 days for a public hearing before it takes effect. Bond said that was the point in adopting the plan and getting it on the books. "lqais way, all of that is already out of the way if a developer comes along and wants to begin a project," he said. Miles was in agreement with Bond about TIFs being utilized solely for development which would create long-term employ- ment. "The only way the city can take part is through the sales tax, so I suppose it would have to be some- thing wich would increase sales t  +rr)& fBi" tl ..... city," he'said. STEEL ROOFING Human Services. Aver3, is being held at the SCRCF on a post-release- supervision violation and is ineligible for bond. Last week, a deputy, dis- covered a stash of methamphetamine when he observed suspicious activity on DeSoto Road. Adam Guidry saw a man attempting to break a lock on a gate and stopped to ask what he was doing. A passenger in the man's car, 27-year-old Rebecca Nicole Pennington, began acting suspicious and, when searched, was found to be carrying 3.2 grams of mech. Pennington was already on bond from Harrison County on a possession of methamphetamine charge and is in the SCRCF with a $50,000 bond. Wiggins officer Van Fl)mt and his K9 partner, Zeke, discovered crack cocaine and arrested 28-year-old Gulfport resident Terrance Williams. Flynt had stopped Williams for careless driv- ing and when he approached the vehicle Williams handed him a driver's license and a small bag of marijuana. "He conducted an exteri- or search of the vehicle with Zeke and got a posi- tive alert for narcotics," Green said of Flynt. "lqaey searched inside the vehicle and seized crack cocaine." Williams is free on $5,ooo bond. "I think our officers are doing a great job; they're kicking in doors and taking names and they're just scratching the surface," Farmer said. "We're going to continue our investiga- tions and we'll keep taking these people off our streets." Wiggins Police Chief Matt Barnett said both his department and the Sheriff Department were practic- ing overall prdactive law enforcement. "Iae task force and our individual officers are doing a good job," he said. Barnett encourages the citizens of the community to also take a proactive role in cleaning up the commu- nit3". "We appreciate any infor- mation citizens may have, whether it's on burglaries, thefts or drugs," he said. "" 25% Off TO 00anufactured by GOLDIM METALS, INC, 12440 SEAWAY ROAUB " OULFPORT ' 228-896"6216 EXT. 230 Custom iDesigned Trim. Purlins Accessories Insulation 00Gutter Systems Roll-Up, Pas00e, & Sliding Door Systems ALL TYPES OF STEEL 8;, METAL AVAILABLE I I I I Page 1B iiiii CLASSIFIEDS... ...THEY WORK FOR YOU! 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