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f/Page 4 The Woodville Republican, Thursday, March 14, 2013 Mid-March Horticulture Tips I Ann I-L Davis, Wilkinson County Extension Service Warm sunny days and cold nights have us confused as to whether it is spring or late winter. Technically, spring doesn't arrive until March 20, but calleiy pears, redbuds, plums and\\;other spring-flowering trees and shrubs are fro full flower a o- nouncing Spring Has A rived." If any pruning is needed, remember to prune these deciduous spring bloomers after they finish flowering. Fertilize these trees and shrubs as the flower petals fall. If you haven't done a soil test for needed nutrients, a good general fertilizer recommen- dation is to use one pound of 5-10-5 per inch circumfer- ence of the tree measured three feet above the ground or you can use a slow release fertilizer using the recom- mendations on the bag. Finish pruning deciduous summer-flowering shrubs (those which form flowers on new growth) like Hydrangea arborescens 'Grandiflora,' Hydrangea paniculata 'Grandiflora,' and butterfly bushes (Buddleia). This can be done any time this month before new growth appears. Early spring is when that nasty little critter known as the vole (pine mouse) chews around the base of your prize trees and shrubs To hinder this creature, wldch prefers to feed ,'under cover," be sure that you do not pile mulch around the trunks or bases of any of your plants. Piling mulch around the base of plants is unfortu- nately a common practice that is detrimental. Not only does this practice create "cover" for the vole, it also creates a perfect environ- ment for disease organisms. Bark tissue is not designed to be below ground and that is exactly the effect achieved by piling mulch high around the trunk. Green briar, privet, smi- lax, unwanted cherry and other species are difficult to control in the landscape. Everything is now greening up and homeowners want to do something now to allevi- ate the problems. However, Dr. John Byrd, Extension Weed Specialist, says the thing to do now is ....nothing. The best control method he has found is done in the fall. Use this time to mark the calendar for treatment next October and gather your supplies. Dr. Byrd has found that using water picks to de- liver glyphosate is much more effective than spraying or painting. Water picks are used in the florist trade to keep blooms hydrated. They are normally plastic tubes with soft plastic or rubber lids with a hole in the lid. Florists fill the tubes with water and insert bloom stems. Keep the water picks from the next big floral dis- play you receive, dry them and store for later use. Next fall when leaves begin to turn, cut the stem of the un- wanted weed and quickly in- serf the stem into a water pick filled with undiluted concentrated glyphosate. Make sure the freshly cut stem is inserted all the way to the bottom of the tube. If the stem bends, it will not support the water pick when inverted. Homeowners who have to do something now can try this method, but fall application works much bet- ter since sap will be flowing toward the roots (sap flows away from the roots in the spring). Be extremely careful using glyphosate in the landscape,- it will kill any- thing green it contacts. Vegetable gardeners need to remember that warm sea- son plants put in the soil when temperatures are too low grow very little. A sunny day in the sixties makes everyone want to get into the garden and plant. Get in the garden and start plant- ing now, but remember to plant cool season things un- til the soil warms into the mid-sixties. Soil thermome- ters are available to deter- mine exact temperatures, but the human hand may be good enough. Press your palm firmly into the soil for two minutes. If it feels cold after that time, it is probably too cold for warm season plants. Garden centers are full of cabbage family trans- plants, as well as tomatoes. If your mouth is watering for a fresh tomato and you can't wait, try growing a few plants in containers that can be brought in during the next cold snap or freeze. For more horticulture in- formation, contact the Wilkinson County Extension service at 601-888-3211 or refer to the MSU Extension website at www.msucares. com for specific publication topics. WCCA Bitty Rams Fall In Title Game Wilkinson County Christ- ian Academy's fifth and sixth grade boys fell to the Trinity Ford team in the AYA tour- nament championship held on Thursday, March 7, by a score of 21 to 12. It was the second time these two teams played this season with WCCA winning the first contest 20 to 18 in overtime. WCCA could not match up against Trinity's size advantage this time as the Saints were able to pound the ball inside against the Rams. WCC:s shots just would not fall in the basket, and they played from behind the whole game. It appeared as though Trinity was play- ing with seven players which kept the Rams from mount- ing any formidable attack. WCCA was led in scoring by Tal Redhead with six points followed by Brady Smith with four points and Thomas Vannoy with two points. With the loss, WCCA finishes the season at 10-1 as AYA regular season champi- ons and tournament champi- onship runners-up. "It was a successful sea- sen for WCCA Bitty Basket- ball as all of WCCA's teams were competitive. The com- bined record for all of the WCCA teams was above .500, and we are looking for- ward to next season," said team organizers. -- Submit- ted I Don't Be A Litter Bug! HARDWOOD LOGS FOR SALE ? BY BULK ] In the woods BY J or delivered THOUSAND to mill Call 1-800-343-4577 Netterville Lumber Co. IN BUSINESS SINCE 1952 Natchez Salvage & Parts, Inc. USED AUTO & TRUCK PARTS Here! Pay Here! USED AUTOS 601-442-3626 or Toll Free 1-800-759-0631 SAM FIELD SPILLWAY WORKING AS PLANNED -- The newly constructed Sam Field Spillway wa- ter control structure appears to be working as planned with thousands of gallons of water flow- ing over the concrete structure on Sunday, March 1, when these two photos were taken. The top photo, taken from a boat on Lake Mary, shows the 150-foot concrete overflow structure. The photo at right, was taken looking across from the north hCadwall and shows water rushing over from Lake Mary into the drainage ditch known as The Nar- rows. This structure is located on the county line between Adams County on the north side and Wilkinson County on the south. County Engineer Doug Wimberly of Jordan, Kaiser and Sessions En- gineering Firm of Natchez, says that work on the spillway is complete. The only remaining work is to remove the temporary bypass sheet piling and to fill a large hole in front of this area caused by erosion. -- Top Photo Courtesy Doug Samaha, Photo at right by Andy J. Lewis ,2orps Of Engineers Releases 2011 Flood Evaluation Reports The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi Val- ley Division, has just re- leased two 2011 post flood evaluation documents on the  and findings of the his- c Mississippi River Flood. The two reports are available in hard copy from the Corps of Engineers, or on the internet. They are as follows: * The Mississippi River & Tributaries 2011 Post Flood Report, which is a 350-page technical report that docu- ments the 2011 Mississippi River flood, the Corps' re- sponse and the performance of the M:R&T system. It con- tains a series of ten appen- dices which provide several thousand pages of support- ing data and documentation. This comprehensive internal technical assessment evalu- ates the performance of indi- vidual MR&T system com- penents and how well the in- dividual components were utilized and operated as a system to manage the com- plex set of risks presented by the 2011 Flood. The report concludes with recommen- dations for improvements and future studies to aid MR&T recovery efforts as well as future syste m opera- tion, management and flood fight activities. DuO to size and printing costs, ,this re- pert is only available on CD from your nearest Corps of Engineers district office or the Mississippi Valley Divi- sion Public Affairs Office. Room for the River, which is a 32-page summary of facts, figures and lessons learned from the 2031 Flood. The document inckMes im- ages and condensed narra- tives focused on ke: themes and hot topics surrounding the 2011 Flood and recovery efforts. To request a hard copy, you may contact the nearest Corps of Engineers district office or Mississippi Valley Division Public Af- fairs Office. Both documents may be viewed or downloaded from: http'J/www.mvd.usace.army. milfMissions/FloodRiskMan- agement/RegionalFlood- RiskManagementPro- gram/MRTPostFlood- Report.aspx. This web page also has links to the MVD Comman- der's Letter of Introduction, overview papers, 2011 Flood recovery presentation and additional resources. 2013 Spring Turkey Season Opens On Friday, l00arch 15 It's ILrne for 'ppi's turkey hunters to practice their yelping and dust off their shotgun, because the spring turkey season  open Fri- daY, March 15, and runs through Wednesday, May 1. Opportunities to pursue spring gobblers are plentiful across the Magnolia State, and the Mississippi Depart- ment of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is an- tieipating that hunting suc- cess should be good in 2013. 'urkey populations are up across most of the state," reported Dave Godwin, MD- WFP Wild Turkey Program qoordinator. "Much of Mis- slsmppi experienced good hatches in two of the last three years, so hunters should n0t have any trouble teraeting with birds this m . . . spring," continued Godwin. Bag limits for the spring season are one (1) adult gob- bier or gobbler with at least a 6-inch beard per day, three (3) per spring season. Youth hunters age 15 and under may harvest one (1) gobbler of choice per day, three (3) per spring season. This season is dosed in the following counties or parts thereof: Coahoma, Quitman, and Sunflower. To participate in spring turkey season, Mississippi residents, ages sixteen through sixty-four, must ob- tain a hunting license, except while hunting on lands tiffed in his/her name. Hunters who wish to hunt on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) are urged to check the area- specific regulations before going afield as season dates and bag limits on some WMAs may differ from the statewide framework. Hunters must also purchase a "WMA User Permit" prior '/Vordy Hicks Relays Cancelled Due To Track Renovation Work The administrative staff at Wilkinson County High School regrets to inform our dents, alumni, friends the community that" the Annual Wordy Hicks Relays has been cancelled for this year. The track is in the Wocess of being redone and because of unusual weather conditions and problems in the overlay of the surface, the project has been delayed. This delay is necessary to make the corrections that will assure a quality finished track field that will serve the district for many years, "Thank you for past sup- pert and we prayfiflly hope to resume this meet next year," said Coach Kenneth Brown, Athletic Director, Wilkinson County High School. 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