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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 14, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta N.v.mbcr 14, THf LSTHBRIDW HRA1D 11 Moisture needed tor plant winter survival The prime prerequisite lo the winter survival ot ornamental trees and shrubs in a cold cli- mate is moist soil around their roots, says Herman Ooslerhuis who is in charge of UK Alber- ta department of agriculture's tree planting programs. He recommends mulching for Email trees and shurbs that were planted last summer and for such o-namenlal species such as hybrid tea roses which have rally borderline hardiness. Mulching entails spreading tlB-ee to six inches or a loose organic material like peat moss around the base or the tree or uhrub. Depending upon the size o( the ornamental, the mulch- inc material should cover an area extending 18 lo 30 inches out from the base. Six to eight inches of chopped straw can also be used for mulching, but its insulating quality is inferior to that of peat moss because it packs down. Both the bulk form ol peat moss, which comes by the yard, and the processed form, which comes in a plastic hag, give excellent insulation and are cheap to buy, Mr. Onsterhuis says In the spring Ihe peat moss can be worked into the soil to increase ils organic mat- ter. The principal bunind mulch- ing, which should be done any time after the beginning of Oc- tober, is to prevent Ihe frost from penetrating to tlie rooU before the snow conies. Once t h e ground freezes around Ihe roots they are no longer able lo take up moisture and the tree or shrub is much more likely to winter Itill, Mr. Ooslerhuis says. Since snow is one of Ihe best insulating male- rials, it should not be trampled or disturbed in any way when it comes. Among Ihe ornamentals that Mr. Ooslcrhitis feels will bene- fit from mulching are grafted shrub varieties like double-flow- ering plums, grafted lilacs, silver-leaved dogwoods, spiraea shrub varieties, junipers, dwarf nest spruce and dwarf cedars. The winter survival of Drop- more scarlet trumpet honey suckle and clematis, dwarf ce- dars and newly planted small spruce and pine will be helped considerably if they are wrap- ped as well as mulched. Air. Oosterhuis says wrapping should be done about the mid- dle of November, and that bur- lap is lire most convenient ma- to use. To wrap honey suckle vines, detach them from the wall and bend them back lo Ihe ground, and then wrap the burlap around them Because Ihe vines ol clematis die back every fall, it is only necessary lo cover Ihem lo a height of about 10 inches above Hie ground. Then cover the ground around Ihe base with eigH lo fen inches ol peat moss. Three poles lied in (he form of a tripod and covered with burlap is probably the most con- venicnl way lo cover mlars, spruce and pines. Except for roses, ornamental trees and shruhfi should not lie pruned back at this time of year because it weakens their brandies. The branches of hy- brid lea roses die back natural- ly. They should be pruned back to within eight or ten inches of Iheir base, but ncvei below Ihe graft. New herbicide for alfalfa registered A new herbicide has been registered under the Pest Con- trol Act by Rohm and Haas Company of Canada Ltd KERB 50-W Selective Herbicide Wcttable Powder, Heg. No. -T9G, contains 50 per cent aclive ingredient. The available loxi- cology data indicates a low lev- el of toxicRy to humans. Three-month subacute feed- ing studies on rats and dogs using technical malcrial show- ed no effect at tile 430 ppm level. ppm caused weight losses in both species and en- larged Hvors in dogs but sur- vival was not affected. The product is registered on a negligible or "no residue" basis. Residues in treated for- age crops do not normally ex- ceed 5 ppm and arc rarely found in milk and tissues of an- Silage handling day set for Nov. 23 Tlic regional agriciilliiral of- fice will hold a silage handling day at Warner Nov. 23 at the farm of Ijco Doenz. Tire inlenUon of the program k to doal with the mechanics silage production. Rod (Jon- regional engineer from Ijcthbriclge and Neil McLaiigh- lin, forage systems engineer for lite Canada department ol agricLiHurc will be speaking at the event which kicks off at 1 p.m. There a large display of silage handling equipment and films from silage handling nijunifactiirers. imals fed on treated forage crops. Soil residues arc not con- sidered U> be a problem. In silly clay loam soils, J2 per cent of the chemical remained in Ihe soil 65 days after appli- cation. For alfalfa ami trefoil, In first year and established plant- ings, apply the product in the fall when soil temperature is low, but above freezing, and soil moisture is high. To con- trol annual grasses and volun- teer grain, apply 1.5 In of prod- uct- g-.-WK I Be Sure and attend our 7th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SHOW Nov. 30, Dec. 1st and 2nd GRENADIER BANQUET ROOM MARQUIS HOTEL LETHBRIDGE. AIBE8TA MARQUIS FLOWER SHOP Even "Down Under" you're still on lop with A.M.A. Travel! Presenting the 8th ANNUAL FARMERS and RANCHERS TOUR to AUSTRALIA and the SOUTH PACIFIC New ii lime to book your all-inclutivt lour to Ihe beautiful Soulh Pacific. 21 doy lour .neludu FIJI, NEW ZEALAND .nd AUSTRALIA. Departure dotes at DECEMBER Illh, 1972 JANUARY 15th, 22d, 29th, 1973 FEBRUARY Slh, 12lh, 19lh, 26lh, 1973 MARCH Slh, 1973 ff.SC: fir person For Further information and brochurei contncl A.M.A. WORLD TRAVEL 60S ilh AVENUE SOUTH ALL INQUIRIES WELCOME Phone: 328-1181 and 328-792T JOE'S MOBILE HOMES LTD. 1st. AVENUE and 32nd STREET SOUTH (Highway 3 Easl to Tober) PHONE 328-0166 or 328-0181 IS ON RIGHT NOW TO SAVE YOU Over Worth of Mobile Homes Await Your Approval and Viewing! See the new KNIGHT SCHMIDT INDUSTRIES MOBILE HOMES Double Wide and 14 Foot Single Wide Units AISO THE Nor Wesiern Units In 12 Ft. and 1 4 Fl. SVide MoVe your selection new and YOU GET 1. Quality All CSA approval. 2. Long term financing, take up to 16 years to pay. 3. Lower role terms. 4. Service and saliifodiofi after purchase. REMEMBER YOU ALWAYS BUY FOR LESS AT ALL UNITS HEATED FOR YOUR VIEWING COMFORTI JOE'S MOB11E HOMM SEE KIRK'S TIRE SALES LTD. LETHBRIDGE TABER FERNff, B.C. BIG COLOR Ad In Today's Herald ;