Monday, October 3, 2022



Horticulture Hotline 10/03/22

By Bill Lamson-Scribner


Wow, what a difference a week makes! Last week my yard was full of nutrients and now after almost ten inc
hes of rain, totally stripped of nutrients. Where I live, Ian was mainly a rain event (fresh water) in other areas, I imagine salt water was more of an issue. When I went outside after the storm, the first sweet smell of my tea olives filled the air.


Because of damage potential, really inspect your trees closely. With these saturated soils, wind can blow over trees. Eastern Red Cedars and other evergreens are very susceptible because of the big sail their foliage provides. Young trees that haven’t developed an extensive root system are also susceptible. Just ride through a new neighborhood and you will witness these young trees lodged over.


Look at your trees and see if they have developed a new “lean”. Inspect near the roots of your tree and look for any heaving or raised areas. Not all trees become instantly dangerous because they are leaning. If the tree fell, what would it hit is always one consideration. Having a tree care professional inspect your trees is a very good idea at this time.


Your soil nutrients took a big hit over the weekend. A soil test now would help you out tremendously in 2023. Bring your soil to a Possum’s Landscape and Pest Control and we will get you back on the right track. If you think salt water is an issue, be sure to test for sodium. Salt Free RTS should help flush out the salt while you wait for test results.


Potassium like nitrogen moves in the soil – leaches. Phosphorous does not move so readily. If you do not have a soil test, 00-00-25 + minors is a very good fertilizer to consider for your lawn, trees and shrubs. Cotton Burr Compost is a super organic product for your whole yard at this time. Not only will it provide needed nutrients, but many people have noticed a reduction of fungus as well. Excell and Possum’s minors are two good minor nutrient products.


SeaHume G should be used with any of the above or, if you were going to use only one product, this would be the one to use. The host of minor and major nutrients as well as biostimulants will be a big help to your lawn, shrubs, and trees. SeaHume would combined well with any of the above products, especially Cotton Burr Compost.


These products will also help your roots grow over the winter. The trees and shrubs swaying can tear roots that you will want to re-grow, so they will be ready for what 2023 brings their way (remember the drought Spring of 2022).


If you know that you have had fungus in the past, consider putting out a preventative fungicide as the label recommends. T-Methyl and Strobe G are two good systemic fungicides that are good to rotate.


The rain has stripped your soil of most of its nutrients. Do you like to go to sleep at 11:00 pm after only eating breakfast at 5:00 am? Please feed your trees, shrubs, and lawn, so they have some protection from cold, insects, and disease this winter. Send your landscape to dormancy with a full belly. 


While you are in your yard, look for any standing water and get rid of it. The mosquitoes are coming!


Always read, understand and follow product label. The product label is a Federal Law.


Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Storm Season

Horticulture Hotline 09/28/22

By Bill Lamson-Scribner       


“Oh, a storm is threat’ning

My very life today

If I don’t get some shelter

Oh yeah, I’m gonna fade away”                    

Gimme Shelter  -  The Rolling Stones

Song writers: Keith Richards / Mick Jagger


If a storm’s threat or the aftermath of the storm gets you to look up into your trees for broken limbs, diseased limbs, structural issues, limbs with cavities, or heavy overhanging limbs, then the storm has done some good. Inspect your trees closely for “widow makers”. Gravity will pull these limbs that are hanging in the trees down to the ground, and hopefully, you or your loved ones are not between the ground and the tree that they are hanging out of. Getting a tree care professional out to your house is always a good idea. Remember most injuries and deaths occur during cleanup.


Use local tree people to work on your trees. I get it, most are backed up. After Hugo, I saw many safe trees that were removed that could have been left to grow. Some could have been straightened and braced. Trees take a long time to grow, so you do not necessarily have to remove them if they have a little lean. The topping of trees after Hugo was also ridiculous. Again, a reputable, local, insured tree care professional should come inspect your trees for dangerous situations. If you have to use an outsider or anyone for that matter, make sure that they carry the proper insurances and licenses.


Salt has the biggest issue with flooding the last few years, and it appears that for many of you, salt is going to be a main issue again. Gypsum, Salt Free, Excell, SeaHume G, ProMag and a soil test that test for Sodium provide the road map for the recovery of your landscape. You would want to take a soil test first so you know where your starting point is, then you could immediately apply products to mitigate the salt damage (keep track of what you use and at what rates so when your soil test results come back you will know what you have already applied). At Possum’s Landscape and Pest Control Supply we can help you through this process and help you with directions on taking a soil test and using these products. Salt Free is probably our biggest seller for homeowners and it comes in a convenient Ready To Spray container that you hook up to a hose and spray.   


The daylight hours are getting shorter and the start of football are making the weather feel like fall is here. Some of the worms that eat grass in the LowCountry overwinter and spend most of their time in Florida where they have huge numbers and multiple generations. With this current storm moving up from Florida, some worms might kite-surf the winds up to our area.


Worms eating the grass and chinch bugs sucking the grass are already in full force. The worms love the cloudy weather we have had because the birds and the wasps that feed on them cannot see them as easily. I noticed and the white flowers of Virginia Buttonweed are visible peeking through the foliage of the turf grass. Protect your grass from fungus by applying Strobe G or T-Methyl. Fungicides work best if used before you have a fungus (like the flu shot for us). With the rain forecast, the grass slowing down and the light hours decreasing, these conditions favor an explosion of fungus in the turfgrass.


Preemergent herbicides for the lawn and beds now will make your spring landscape much nicer. Treating your lawn and beds with Cyonora will keep mosquitoes, fleas, roaches, and other pests from bothering your pets, your lawn, your shrubs, or yourself.


Always read, understand and follow product label. The product label is a Federal Law.



Sunday, September 18, 2022

Fall is Here!


Horticulture Hotline 09/18/22

By Bill Lamson-Scribner


For the new readers of the Horticulture Hotline, my To Do Lists are designed to help you target a few activities in your yard and in your home that will benefit you in the future.  These lists are not designed to interfere with high school, college, or professional football games, sunset boating, shrimping, hunting, golfing, eating chicken wings at a local sports bar, oyster roasts, collecting oysters or clams from the local waters, watching NASCAR on the couch with closed eyes, volleyball games, shopping or going to the movies!  This is not designed to be a “honey do” list.


Many of you will be changing out annual color in the next few weeks. While the beds are empty, you have to chance to amend your soil for better flower production and address any drainage problems. If the bed stays wet, this is a good time to raise it with the addition of soil or amendments. You can also crown the bed so it drains off to the sides.


Back To Natures’ Natures Blend has proven to do a superb job in our Lowcountry soils. The special blend of composted cotton burrs, composted cattle manure, humate, and alfalfa meal has the best of gardeners coming back for more. Alfalfa contains Triacantanol, a natural growth enhancer, and is high in organic Nitrogen to get your plants growing. Nature’s Blend may also help in the suppression and control of certain fungal diseases.


Here is what Dr. Herman Daniell had to say about his experience with the product, “The cotton burrs in Nature’s Blend with amendments has been a superior product for my rose garden. I have had healthier bushes with more blooms since I began using this product.”


Many of you will also be changing out containers, hanging baskets and potted plants. If your plants are in an exposed place requiring daily watering, consider adding soil moist or other water holding gels to your soil. These gels and the use of a wetting agent like Possum’s Wetting Agent with Biostimulants can make your life much easier. If you go away for the weekend, your plants will hardly miss you.


If you applied preemergent herbicides in August, put your follow up application out eight to ten weeks later. We have a very long season for weed seeds to germinate here, so you must keep that protective barrier in place. Up North the soil gets too cold for the winter weeds to germinate after a short window of time; however, here the window of opportunity for those pesky winter weeds stays open much longer.


Grass eating worms and fungus have really been active recently. If you see a lot of moths in your yard in the morning or evening, watch out for worm damage!