Fall and winter are the best times for Georgians to add new trees, shrubs and bushes to their landscapes.Balled and burlapped trees and bushes do best if they are planted in the fall or winter, and bare root plants should only be planted in the dead of winter. Fall and winter are the most ideal times to install a new plant because the cold gives the plant more time to develop strong roots before the heat of summer tests their survival. The focus is on the rootsThe key to a plant’s survival is the gardener’s prep-work. The first year of a plant’s growth should concentrate on root establishment. If the root system is not allowed to develop in the new environment, the plant may die. The more you help the plant now, the less you should have to do later.Much of the prep-work comes from making sure you put the plant in an environment where it can thrive. Follow the motto, “Put the right plant in the right spot.” You cannot just throw the plant in a hole and walk away. There are certain things you can do to insure happy plants in your landscape. The hole the plant grows in dictates a lot of its success. Dig a planting hole that is two to three times the diameter of the root ball. The loose dirt that surrounds the plant will encourage it to extend its roots. The perfect holeWhile digging the hole, keep in mind the depth does not need to be deeper than the depth of the container or root ball. The top of the root ball should be level with the ground. Even though roots are in the ground, they still need to breathe.Make sure there is a firm base at the bottom of the hole so the root system does not slip deeper into the ground. Water the tree well to make sure all the dirt has settled around the root system.You may want to add tree supports if you are planting a larger tree and you think it might lean. These supports should be used only during the time it takes the tree to become established. This typically means for only a few months or through the summer. Mulch keeps weeds out and water inAdding a layer of mulch around the tree is a must. Mulch should be 3-4 inches deep. Only about an inch of mulch should be placed against the trunk. Excessive mulch against a tree encourages insect and disease problems.Mulch all the way out to the edge of the planting hole. This keeps weeds from sprouting in all that freshly exposed dirt and insulates the roots from extreme temperatures. Mulch will also make watering more efficient by keeping the water from evaporating from the soil. Mulch helps guards the tree or shrub from lawn mowers or weed-whackers, too. Many trees and shrubs meet their doom from “lawn mower blight.”During the first year, fertilization is not required, but make sure the plant gets about an inch to 1.5 inches of water, once or twice a week. If you are using a soaker hose, water until the top 8-10 inches of soil is good and wet. This will make the roots take hold deep in the soil.
The management of the National Transit Authority (NTA) has accepted liability for the deaths of six persons in the tragic motor accident involving one of its buses at the Gbarnga and Ganta highway.An NTA press release has promised that its insurance partners and the Liberian National Police are working together to bring closure to the tragedy.Bus No. 5138 left Monrovia on Tuesday at 8:00am and headed for Ganta, Nimba County with a crew consisted of Robert F. Lamie (driver) and Saymon Jarwleah (conductor) that departed Paynesville, Red Light with 68 passengers, including women and children, the release explained.According to NTA, the operator Lamie experienced the tragic motor accident around Zeanzue in Bong County.Although the NTA said it is still investigating the the cause of the accident, eye witnesses who helped rescue surviving passengers from the capsized bus in Zeanzue, Bong County told the Daily Observer that passengers had complained that the driver was drank alcohol. “Some of the victims told us that the driver was drunk and driving too fast,” said a source who wished to remain anonymous. “When they told him to stop, he said he knew the road and that was the best option for him.” As a result of the event, NTA said, “We lost six commuters and several others sustained major and minor injuries.” The NTA statement said, upon hearing the disturbing information, other commuters and advanced team worked frantically to remove the dead and injured from the wreckage.“Six Liberian commuters died during the incident and 55 sustained injuries and are currently in Phebe Hospital undergoing medical treatment,” the NTA said.On the same day, Phebe hospital treated and discharged 30 commuters, the release said, noting that information will be released to the public as it unfolds.“As we face this national catastrophe, we pray and remain in empathy with those Liberians who lost their lives in the tragedy,” the release quoted NPA management.Meanwhile officers of the Liberian National Police and NTA accident investigation team are currently carrying out investigations to establish the cause of the incident.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)