Improve your landscape and your community

BY SHARRON HALEY Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 7/27/18

MANNING - When is the right time to prune your wax maple trees? How deep do you plant your daffodil bulbs? Can you use the same type of fertilizer on your roses and your hibiscus plants? If you can't answer these questions, maybe a course in …

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Improve your landscape and your community

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MANNING - When is the right time to prune your wax maple trees? How deep do you plant your daffodil bulbs? Can you use the same type of fertilizer on your roses and your hibiscus plants? If you can't answer these questions, maybe a course in gardening would help your landscaping scene.

Clemson Cooperative Extension is offering a 2018 Master Gardener Course from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. each Tuesday from Aug. 7 through Oct. 30 at the Clemson Extension office, 21 W. Rigby St. in the Pocataligo Shopping Center, formerly the Manning Shopping Center.

"This is a great opportunity for people who enjoy gardening to learn more about pruning, insect control, their soil, which fertilizer to use and what plants work well around your home," said Clarendon County and South Carolina Master Gardener Marie Land. "It's an excellent program that helps gardeners improve their skills, learn good gardening practices and enjoy gardening."

Land, who has been a Master Gardener for more than 20 years, said she initially took the program because she loved growing plants and gardening.

"It's a great way to get to know other gardeners, to network with other gardeners and to learn from gardeners with different levels of gardening skills," she added.

Land said that each year the Master Gardeners in Clarendon County host a plant sale as part of the Striped Bass Festival with money raised from the program used to improve landscaping and gardening projects throughout the county.

The course is being taught by Chase Smoak, a Clemson graduate with a degree in horticulture. The cost of the course is $300 per person and includes a copy of the South Carolina Master Gardener Training Manual. Certification as a state Master Gardener is contingent on successful completion of the course and 40 hours of community service.

"It's well worth the $300 to take the course," Land said. "The book alone is worth the cost of the program."