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How to Force Spring Bulbs|
descriptionPlant bulbs in containers for early spring color indoors. Here’s how!
How to Eliminate Borers
Some of the most vexing landscape pests are borers. Few people ever see these insects but they certainly notice the damage, which shows up as lack of vigor, discolored undying leaves and irregular swelling on branches and trunks. Underneath the bark of infected trees and shrubs, you may see feeding
Easy Lawn-Care Tips
Lawn professionals usually do a great job, but most of the services they provide are easy to do yourself for a fraction of the cost. Fertilize at least 3 times a year, once in late August or early September, once in October and in spring as the grass starts to green up. If you water your lawn inwater your lawn in the summer, also fertilize in June. Apply a weed preventer in spring to keep out crab grass, foxtail and other annual weeds. It's convenient to buy fertilizer with weed preventer mixed in so you can apply both at the same time. Few lawn pests are as damaging as grouts, but an application of grub control easily stops the damage before it starts. Light infestations of dandelions and other broadleaf weeds can easily be controlled with a hand tool. Heavier infestations and spreading weeds like white clover are difficult to remove by hand. So, use a broadleaf weed killer if necessary. Spot spray rather than covering the entire lawn to reduce the amount of chemical you use. To reduce compaction and
Fall Tree Care
If you have newly-planted trees in your landscape, there are a couple things you can do this fall to help them get through the 1st and 2nd winter unharmed. First, wrap the trunk to reduce sun scald and frost cracking. Use burlap or paper wrap and secure it with tape. Keep it on until bud break inout of dormancy too soon in spring and may also help retain soil moisture . Fall can also be a time to prune trees. With most trees, winter is the best time. But a few tree species
How to Plan a Garden
Ever wonder how the pros create those gorgeous gardens we love looking at? The process of designing a garden is easier than you think. Here are 5 strategies often used by garden designers. First, pick a color theme. Color is one of the first things we notice about a garden. And by establishing aabout any color of flowers. Chartreuse leaves create a fun pop against darker colors and are especially fun in shaded gardens.
Top Landscape Shrubs
Shrubs are some of the most important plants in the landscape. They offer color, texture, and four-season interest. Here are some of our favorite shrubs for summer. Night box is a tough North American native shrub that blooms in June, producing white bat-like flowers. But the real appeal comes frommeadows all year long and tolerates hot dry spots like champ. Dwarf White Pine is another winner. It has long, soft needles and also gets about 6 feet. Rose of Sharon is another summer stunner. It's a member of the Hibiscus family and is tropical in flowers that can be two to four inches across. The flowers appear in July and August in shades of lavender, pink and with. Look for sugar tip, which has additional interest from its white variegated foliage and fairly pink flowers .
Easy Ornamental Grasses
Ornamental grasses are an easy way to add several seasons of color and interest to your landscape. Most grasses are easy to grow and attract wildlife. Here are some of our favorites. Switch grass is a North American native grass that features cloud-like seed heads and tolerates a wide range ofOrnamental grasses are an easy way to add several seasons of color and interest to your landscape. Most grasses are easy to grow and
Fall Garden Checklist
-Ensure your landscape is ready for winter with these easy tips. The most important thing that you can do is clean up your garden. Cut back, break up and remove any disease foliage. By doing this, it prevents the disease from all the winter [inaudible] so you're less likely to see it attack nextespecially if you have sand or clay. After the soil freezes, when daytime temperatures are no longer above 32degrees, apply a winter mulch to your perennials. And this mulch layer protects them from being heaved up
How to Plant Perennials
Plant perennials and get them off to the best possible start using these great tips.wider than your pot but no deeper, especially if you're planting in clay soil . Then, slip your plant out of its container. If it's well-rooted, the root ball will come out in 1 unit. If the
How to Plant Spring Bulbs
Bulbs are the closest thing you can get to guaranteed color. Plant in the fall for great blooms in spring. The most popular spring bulbs are tulip, allium, hyacinth, crocus, daffodil and [unk]. At its most basic, planting a bulb simply consists of digging a hole at the proper depth, placing thea desired pattern. Dig them in where they sit so you won't lose track of any design you planned. With loose, freshly-tilled soil, it's easy to dig bulbs in with a trough. To plant single bulbs