Poison oak and ivy out and about

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 25, 2012

By Darrell Blackwelder
For the Salisbury Post
SALISBURY — With above average temperatures approaching, many will be concerned about keeping their plants, trees and shrubs irrigated. When temperatures rise above 90 degrees, plants are going to wilt. Hydrangeas, rhododendron, tomato plants and bedding plants will look as though they need water.
Don’t overwater wilted plants. A good rule of thumb is to wait until early morning to determine if plants need hydration. If wilted in the morning then irrigate; if not, it may just be the heat.
Below are a few questions posed this week that may be of interest as many choose to work outside during the Memorial Day weekend.
Q: I’ve been working outside in my yard and I think I may have gotten infected with poison oak. Are poison oak and ivy leafed out yet? How can I control them? 
Read the answer on www.farmcarolina.com.