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I OUTDOORS I May 2, 2012 www.stonecountyenterprise.com STONE COUNTY ENTERPRISE 9 Gardenias bring beautiful smell and look to gardens i One spring-blooming nia as a focal point or However, if given just a Keep the soil moisture loving plants. An easy and help maintain its shrub that garners specimen plant in the little extra care and consistent; gardenias do way to fertilize is using desired shape in the almost as much atten- landscape. A great use is attention, your garde- not like to dry out dur- an appropriate water- landscape. tion as the azalea is the to mass garde- nias can be the ing the dog days of sum- soluble formulation. gardenia. The fragrance nia into a bor- envy of the mer. Using drip irriga- In Mississippi, you of the gardenia flower is der planting neighborhood, tion is a great way to should have applied fer- beyond description, as it with other col- Light is an apply much-needed tilizer around the plants Dr. Gary Bachman is is both heady and orful shrubs, important con- water to the root sys- in March. Toward the the MSU Horticulturist strong, such as azalea sideration, tem. Drip irrigation will end of May, fertilize and an associate The gardenias for our and Knockout Gardenias also keep the flowers again to help replenish Extension professor of landscapes are known roses, appreciate and foliage dry and pre- nutrients and encourage horticulture at the botanically as Gardenia If you want a being grown in vent leaf spotting, blooming this summer. Coastal Research and jasminoides. They were smaller garde- some shade. Gardenias are acid-lov- It is a good practice to Extension Center in brought to the nia, consider 11aey can be ing plants and thrive prune your gardenias Biloxi. Southeastern United planting Gary R, BEimmn planted in the with lower soil pH, so after flowering. Pruning States in the late 17oos Gardenia full sun as long use fertilizers for acid- will keep the plant tidy from their native range Radicans. This selection as they receive protec- in Japan and China. will stay less than 3 feet tion from afternoon Some home gardeners tall. Radicans dso has a heat. Morning sun with refer to these plants as finer foliage texture, as an eastern exposure is a Cape jasmine, the leaves are more lin- great setting for garde- Gardenia is an ever- ear and pointed. There nia. green with glossy, dark is also Radicans For gardenia success, green leaves. "llae foliage Variegata, which has always prepare the is up to 4 inches long, green-white leaves. "llais planting bed with lots of and the shrub can grow selection has a more organic matter or tom- to 6 feet tall and wide. horizontal growth habit post. Raised beds will Flowers emerge white and makes an unusual help ensure good soil and become yellow ground cover, drainage. Never culti- before fading to brown. Gardenias have the vate around the plants There are both single- reputation of being a lit- once they are estab- and double-flowered tie finicky in the land- lished, as the roots do varieties to choose from. scape. This may be true not like to be disturbed. Because of the shrub's for those gardeners who Mulch each year to size potential, many gar- ' believe in the no-main- reduce the occurrence of GARDENIA FLOWERS EMERGE WHITE AND BECOME YELLOW BEFORE FADING TO BROWN. THERE ARE deners like to use garde- tenance landscape, weeds. BOTH SINGLE- AND DOUBLE-FLOWERED VARIETIES. Minimize deer damage to gardens and landscaping With spring upon us, your lawn or garden, lawn is located within a on the plants, effective, the most effec- website at many Mississippians are Supplemental feeding city, suburb, or any area Lastl.y, electric fenc- tive method to reduce www.mdwfp.com/deer planting gardens and can attract and hold that human activity is ing can also be very deer damage is through or call us at 6m-432- working hard to beautify deer in an area and sub- constant. It is important effective, especially safe and legal harvest 299. Follow us on their property. However, sequently increase the to change scents weekly when two fences are during the hunting sea- Facebook at www.face= white-tailed deer find potential damage to veg- to maintain these repel- installed, with one fence son. book.com/mdwfp or on many garden and land- etation around the feed- lents' effectiveness, being five feet inside the For more information Twitter at scape plants very ing area. Direct spraying of plants other. However, electric regarding deer or deer www.twitter.com/MDW- appealing and can often Second, deer repel- with capsaicin, the fences require daily hunting opportunities in FPonline. force gardeners to battle lents, such as liquid chemical that makes inspection and mainte- Mississippi, visit our deer for their prized scents, perfumes, and peppers "hot", tends to nance and should only plants. To manage the even human hair, may work well, but must be be used in rural settings. problem, MDWFP sug- work Well for a period of performed frequently, as Homeowners should gests a few tips that may time, but deer may rain and dew will wash remain vigilant and use save your plants this become accustomed to it away. This practice a combination of these spring and summer, these scents over time. can be easily done by methods to enjoy the First, consider elimi- This period of effective- Soaking ground hot pep- fruits of their lawn and TRUCKING nating the snpplemental ness  iih:efer per: "' ' m water"overnlght ..... gai-dn  i:abb. fle" feeding of deer near when the garden or and spraying t[iis water these methods can be Spring turkey season continues until May 30 Turkey hunters still tered this spring, turkey hunting opportu- For more information have time remaining in "Two-year old gobblers nities on more than 40 regarding wild turkeys the 2o2 spring season, are usually the most Wildlife Management in Mississippi and which closes on May , vocal and tend to be Areas throughout the turkey hunting opportu- 2o12. Hunters more susceptible to har- state, and many of these nities, visit our website at throughout most regions vest" says MDWFP Wild areas have recorded www.mdwfp.eom/turkey of the Magnolia State Turkey Program Leader high harvest so far this or call us at 6m-432- are reporting great sue- Adam Butler. In addi- spring. "We encourage 2199. Follow us on cess during the 2012 tion to increased num- all hunters to come out Facebook at www.faee- Yt turkey season. A good ber of birds, generally and take advantage of book.com/mdwfp or on statewide hatch in 2010 favorable weather con- the late season turkey Twitter at resulted in an increase ditions have also helped hunting opportunities www.twitter.com/MDW in the great number of make the 20m season on our Wildlife FPonline. 2-year old gobblers one to remember. Management Areas" hunters have encoun- The MDWFP offers noted Butler. The case for choosing native plants One of the best ways to local wildlife suffered often attractive to cur- homeowners recognize improve a home's resale because of lost food rent and future home- the environmental bene- value is to address the sources. The local owners alike, fits of choosing local landscape..Increasing a wildlife needs local, * Native plants might plants before making property's curb appeal native plants to survive, be a better investment, any decisions. can be done in many so choosing these plants A native plant has GT124o2o ways, but a well-pruned instead of exotic plants evolved over the years to lawn and garden gives can help ensure the sur- survive in its given area. buyers the impression vival of wildlife that Local insect populations that the sellers truly helps keep the ecosys- and fungal infections took the time to main- tem in check, might be able to destroy tain the home and the * Native plants require an exotic plant, but a surrounding property, less work. Some native plant has grown Unfortunately, many prospective home buy- resistant to such prob- : homeowners choose ers might find a yard lems and likely has the exotic plants when filled with exotic plants ability to fight such addressing their land- to be visually stunning, infestations or infections scape. Though these but they might also see a on its own. An exotic plants can be appealing good deal of work to plant might require and make a property maintain those plants, costly pesticides and stand out, if the plants Many exotic plants considerable attention are not native to the require significant work from homeowners to region, they could be on a homeowner's part survive such problems. doing more harm than to survive, while native Though homeowners good. Instead of upgrad' plants have already might find exotic plants ing your property with adapted to the local eli- help their home stand exotic plants from a far mate and will require out from their neigh- away land, consider the much less care. This is bors', it's important that following benefits of choosing native plants before addressing your 3@ l We Bu!/Gold. landscape. * Native plants benefit local wildlife. The native plants and the native /Z") wildlife spent years and years e:volving together, with each doing their 601-928-8373 part to ensure the other's survival. But as development continued, TF ? 1, i T: ]i:'='1 I -:111 "" ] i][ 1i: ! l ill  T:: :! [i II ! r i :  ::: li:i!i ,, ..... ,,, I1 L I F[l[]flllfiltl ltl liT !Ti!tilT::Ilt [,lli11111iIilll'IItII