May 4- 1965 (cont) H/5/1965-3-
cleaning. Ulric said that if you could keep your own road frontage
clean that it would soon become contagious. Also, if we heard him
correctly, he offered as many as 20 bushels of bulbs to anyone who
would help beautify their roadsides by planting them.
Next, questions were in order:
Mary Moore Miller - No question, but to continue her last
month's report on control of the Dutch Elm Disease, her informant,
Guardian Tree Service Experts Inc of Kensington, says that the chemical
"Bidrin" is not yet available for spraying the elms. Also Mary
had some strange seed, "Luffa" the Wonder Gourd of the Orient or
Sponge seed, for those who wished to try some and several did.
Bea Wilson wants to know how to get rid of the "Wire" or
"Johnson" Grass. Most people use plenty of salt, particularly around
asparagus beds, and some said use geese or plant tobacco.
Helen mentioned that Jack Bentley had a "bloomin" apple tree
that was all mixed up as to which side to bloom on, North or South.
Betty Ligon, reporting for herself and Kat Graham, told of
the tragedy of losing large hollies and camelias, which were eaten
or gnawed through just below the surface of the ground by some varmint
called a "pine Move". After some more gentle persuasion, she
remembered that it was a creature of the rodent family called a Vole.
Betty asked John Weske about the hardiness of Fuchsias and he said
"No, definitely not hardy in this area. They must be grown indoors,
altho they can be taken to bloom outside in midsummer". They are
generally replanted every year in England, while under certain conditions
in california they have been known to grow for years, even
up to heights of twenty feet.
Ruth Havens has a problem "bed" - flowers, that is - and wants
something to keep the weeds down, 3 or 4 inches of Lansdale's corncob
meal seems to be the best, and tree chips were suggested to keep weeds
out but they would probably keep flowers out too. Our President says
that the tree chip mulch has been known to spread the Dutch Elm
disease and Wild Chrysanthemums, so it would be better to use something
like low growing azaleas.
Edward Iddings - What is killing his American Boxwood? Some
say it is Betty Ligon's Vole.
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