first_imgSome plants are safe to put in the ground now if you just can’t wait for warmerweather. “Check your lawn mower and make sure it’s ready for the mowing season,” McLaurinsaid. “If your grass is growing now, it’s not too early to start mowing.” One good outdoor activity for the preplanting season is to ready the mower. “Our last frost date in the Athens area is about April 10,” said Wayne McLaurin, aUniversity of Georgia Extension Service horticulturist. “We still have a chance of frostfor the next two to three weeks.” “You can plant potatoes now, or lettuce, cabbage or any of the cole crops,” McLaurinsaid. “They will withstand a lot more cold that tomatoes, peppers or other vegetables.” “You can plant the first of April,” he said, “but you’re still facing the risk of one lastfrost. So check the long-range weather forecast.” For almost everything else, it’s smart to wait until mid-April to early-May to plant. Temperatures in the 70s in early March are enough to lure any red-blooded gardenerinto the yard, but your plants could pay the price. Remember the March blizzard of1993?center_img The last frost date is calculated by using long-term data to develop an average. The lastfrost date could be later than that. If the soil isn’t warm enough to encourage root growth, the plant will just sit. Then itbecomes vulnerable to root rot and other root-damaging diseases. There is still plenty for gardeners to do outside to take advantage of warm spring days. “You can start to get the soil worked up,” McLaurin said. “You can sharpen tools,make sure all your equipment is running smoothly, buy fertilizer and starting checkingout where the good plants and seeds are available.” “Another problem gardeners face is the soil isn’t warm yet,” McLaurin said. “It’sgoing to take some 85-degree days to get the soil warmed so the roots will grow.” Spring fever is going around. Don’t catch it yet.last_img read more

first_img Doyle said: “I was a little concerned at halfway as he must have changed his legs four or five times at that point and he’s a horse that really needs to hear his feet rattle. But he’s very, very tough. “I could hear them all coming, but Sabrina and the team have done a great job with him. Pat Smullen also gave me some good advice about the horse.” Harty said: “It’s a lucky place for us. We were delighted with Kalann yesterday (third in the Doncaster Cup) and this fellow is the real deal over seven furlongs. “James said he would have won easier had the ground been quicker. He has a massive stride on him. “There was nothing on Irish Champions Weekend for him except over a mile and he’s better over seven. “We’ll just have to keep finding seven-furlong races for him and on good ground.” Ansgar gave Ireland a second consecutive victory in the OLBG Park Stakes at Doncaster. Last year it was Eddie Lynam and Viztoria, and this time it was trainer Sabrina Harty who made a successful raid on Town Moor, and the 7-2 chance was given a cool front-running ride by James Doyle. Better than ever at the age of six, Doyle had already partnered Ansgar for a recent Group Three success at Goodwood and they had just enough of an advantage by the line to thwart the charging 2-1 favourite Aljamaaheer by half a length. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more