Harmon addresses Rotary
BY Katherine Miller
Martha Harmon of Harmon’s Nursery and Greenhouse addressed members of the Rotary Club Tuesday afternoon during their luncheon. Appropriately, Harmon spoke of proper care of plants during the freeze that Acadia parish will experience over the next couple of days.
Her advice was “not to panic” and one of her most important tips was not to cut back plants until at least midsummer, when it is easier to assess the damage.
“Be sure to water your plants. Never let them be dry going into a freeze,” she warned.
Harmon also said that a person should never cover plants with visqueen as it will kill them, while good materials to use include cardboard and tarp.
“Our lawns have had a tough time this year with the weather we have been experiencing,” Harmon said. “Please do rake your lawns when you get the chance. It will help your lawn to be healthier.”
Harmon recommended waiting until April when the grass begins to show signs of life, to fertilize your lawns or “you will set yourself up for additional problems.”
Throwing in a bit of alfalfa in flower beds around such plants as knockout roses will help to improve the quality of the soil was another tip was well-received by the club members.
As far as flower beds are concerned, Harmon recommends raising them between 4-6 or 8-s12 inches makes them extremely low maintenance as the ground will be loose and pliable.
Knockout roses, according to Harmon, should be trimmed between the third week of January and Valentine’s Day for optimum health.
Overall, Harmon’s belief is that Acadia Parish will survive the freeze very well because, “typically its the duration of the cold weather rather than how cold it is.” And in our favor, during daylight hours, temperatures rise above the freezing point.