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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 14, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta ------Timber, 14, 1972 THf lETHoRIDCt HRAID 11 Moisture needed for plant ivinter survival The prime prerequisite to rJre winter survival of ornamental trees and shnibs in a cold cli- mate is moist soil around their roots, says Herman Oosterhuis who is in charge of UK Alber- ta department of agriculture's tree planting programs. He recommends mulching for small trees and shirrbs that were planted last summer and for such o'.-namental species such as hybrid tea roses which have only borderline hardiness. Mulching entails spreading three to six inches of a loose organic material like peat moss around the base of the tree or uhrub. Depending upon the size of the ornamental, the mulch- ing 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 of peat moss, which comes by the yard, and the processed form, which comes in a plastic bag, give excellent insulation and are cheap to buy, Mr. Oosterhuis soys. In the spring the peat moss can be worked into the soil to increase ils organic mat- ter. The principal biihind mulch- ing, which should be done any time after the beginning of Oc- tober, is to prevent the frost from penetrating to the roots before the snow comes. Once t h e ground freezes around the roots they are no longe'r able to take up moisture and the tree or shrub is much more likely to winter kill, Mr. Oosterhuis says. Since snow is one of Ihe best insulating mate- rials, it should not be trampled or disturbed in any way when it comes. Among the ornamentals that Mr. Oosterhuis 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. Mr. Oosterhuis says wrapping should be done about the mid- dle of November, and that bur- lap is the most convenient ma- to use. To wrap honey suckle vines, detach them from the wall and bend them back lo the ground, and then wrap the burlap around Because the vines ol clematis die back every fall, it is only necessary to cover them to a height of about 18 inches above the. ground. Then cover the ground around the base with eight to ten inches of peat moss. Three poles tied in the form of a tripod and covered with burlap is probably the most con- venient way to cover junipers, cedars, spruce and pines. Except for roses, ornamental trees and shrubs should not be pruned back at this time of year because it weakens their branches. The branches of hy- brid tea roses die back natural- ly. They should be pruned back to within eight or ten inches of their base, but never below the graft. New herbicide for alfalfa registered A new herbicide has been registered under the Pest Con- trol Act by Rohm and Haas Company o{ Canada Ltd. KERB 50-W Selective Herbicide Wcttable Powder, Reg. No. .TSC, contains 50 per cent active ingredient. The available toxi- cology data indicates a low lev- el of toxicKy to humans. Three-month subacute feed- ing studies on rats and dogs using technical material show- ed no effect at Uie 450 ppm level. ppm caused weight losses in both species and en- larged livers 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 are rarely found in milk and tissues of an- Silage handling day set for Nov. 23 Tlic regional agricultural of- fice will hold a silage handling day at Warner Nov. 23 at the farm of Leo Doenz. Tire intention of the program k to with the mechanics silage production. Rod Con- liable, regional engineer from Lethbiidge and Neil McLaugh- lin, forage systems engineer for Hie Canada department of agriculture will be speaking at the event which kicks off at 1 p.m. There will be a large display of silage handling equipment and films from silage handling manufacturers. imals fed on treated forage crops. Soil residues arc not con- sidered to be a problem. In silly clay loam soils, 12 per cent of the chemical remained in the soil 65 days after appli- cation. For alfalfa and 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 Ib of prod- uct- Be Sure and attend our 7th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SHOW Nov. 30, Dec. 1st and 2nd GRENADIER BANQUET ROOM MARQUIS HOTEL LETHBBIDGE. AlEERTA MARQUIS FLOWER SHOP Even "Down Under" you're still on top with A.M.A. Travel! Presenting the 8th ANNUAL FARMERS and RANCHERS TOUR to AUSTRALIA ond the SOUTH PACIFIC !lm" your lour to Ih. Departure dates as follows: DECEMBER 18lh, 1972 JANUARY ISfh, lid, 29th, 1973 FEBRUARY Slh, 12th, 19th, JAih, 1973 MARCH 5th, 1973 TOUI FARE: per person from For further information ond contact A.M.A. WORLD TRAVEL 408 5th AVENUE SOUTH All INQUIRIES WELCOME Phone: 328-1181 and 328-7921 JOE'S MOBILE HOMES LTD. 1st. AVENUE and 32nd STREET SOUTH (Highway 3 East to Tober) PHONE 328-0166 or 323-0181 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 ALSO THE Nor Western Units ALL UNITS HEATED FOR YOUR VIEWING COMFORT! In Single 12 Ft. ond U Ft. SVide Make your selection now and hundreds. YOU GET 1. Quality All CSA approval. 2. 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