Master Gardeners Cover Ground

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The monthly public class presented by Master Gardeners of the PSU Cooperative Extension will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 13, in the garden at 701 South 4th St., Towanda. Topics include ground covers for problem areas, banks, sun and shade.

Gardeners know that weeds compete with crops for moisture, nutrients, light, and space and in some cases can out-compete them. Successful gardeners make weed control a priority. They prevent weeds from getting established, and they don’t let weeds growing near their gardens go to seed.

Rich Yadlosky, owner and operator of a tree farm in Sugar Creek, will describe his methods of weed control including cover crops and herbicides. Samples of ground covers ( ajuga, crown vetch, lamium, moneywort, sweet woodruff ) will help those attending decide on the best cover for their area.

Master Gardeners have tips for people who have difficulty with movement because of health issues such as arthritis, cardiac or respiratory problems, hip or knee replacement. Therapists at Towanda Memorial Hospital have shared their expertise and have provided handouts to assist those gardeners. Mary Donahue, PT and Danielle Banks, OT, assure the gardeners that they don’t have to give up gardening, they just have to change the way they garden.

To register or to inquire about attending with special needs, contact the Cooperative Extension office 265-2896 Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The class is held in the garden. Please bring a lawn chair.

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