Greener Grass Is Topic Of Magnolia Garden Club Meeting

Submitted by
Lynn Liebenrood, Secretary
The January meeting of the Magnolia Garden Club was hosted by Lynn Liebenrood at Latta Schools Board Room. Patricia McLaurin created a stunning medicinal herbs arrangement as the centerpiece. The arrangement included pittosporum, germander, rosemary, eucalyptus, and bay leaf. All the herbs can be used to treat ailments such as stomachache, gout, memory, arthritis, wounds, ulcers, and body aches. The ladies enjoyed chicken salad, blueberry vanilla goat cheese served on a crisp wafer, salted mixed nuts, and a raspberry café bite served with water or tea.
Program Chairman Dollie Morrell introduced Stephen Rabon, CFB-N, NCIC, NCLC who is the President of S&R Turf & Irrigation of Galivants Ferry, SC. The program was entitled “The Grass is Greener”. He addressed the treatment of many of the obnoxious weeds we deal with in our home lawns and planting beds. He also addressed the different treatments with each type of grass, weed control, spaying of the yard, irrigation, fire ants to grubs. Stephen then talked about fertilizer with a slow release and how important it was to get soil samples from different areas of the yard. Clemson Extension Service can the test the samples. He is a knowledgeable turf expert and answered any questions concerning the garden club members’ yards.
The business meeting was then called to order by President Janey Nida. Patty Griffey, Treasurer, presented a balanced budget of $3317.90. Committee reports discussed were the scrapbook, niche, and Springfest in April.
The meeting was then adjourned.
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Tip of the Month: Use sand, birdseed, sawdust or vermiculite to gain traction on icy paths. Avoid salt or ice melters as these may injure plants.