Spring is here! This means more work needs to be done outside. If you hold off until the picture perfect Spring weather, you might find yourself with more work than you can accomplish in the time left before plants explode with growth. It is much easier to rake a garden when the perennials aren’t up, but some of you may be discovering that your plants got a big boost from the warmer weather in recent weeks. This is OK, but remember to keep an eye out while raking and stepping around your Spring garden beds. We have put together a checklist of things to do starting at the first signs of Spring so that you don’t find your garden has grown up past the point of care.
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Determining the best time of year to plant annuals depends on the specific plant and your climate. Annuals are designated as “cool-season” or “warm-season”, which is based on their hardiness and ability to grow in cool soils.
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When planting a perennial the secret to success is to make sure that the soil is well prepared and the roots are firmed in properly. It also helps to cover the surface of the soil with a mulch to cut down on competition from weeds after planting, as well as help retain moisture around the roots of the plant. It is important to avoid getting mulch on the plant though because it can scorch the foliage and encourage rotting. Additionally, one should watch out for slugs and snails which find the moist warmth offered by the mulch irresistible.
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Soil is the most important component of any landscape. Keeping soil healthy will make it easier for you to maintain beautiful plants or a green, full lawn. An extremely important part of protecting and restoring your lawn and plants is by maintaining healthy soils and improving disturbed or compacted soils so that they can efficiently absorb storm water.
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Once in a while when plants look debilitated or seem to be under assault by insects, the symptoms are really a sign that the plant is being pushed by natural components. Here are some normal symptoms of plant stress and the conditions that cause them.
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Making use of mulch in the landscape is by simply no means rocket science, but it calls for sticking to a few basics and a little common sense. Mulch may seem like the almost all innocuous thing in the world, but when used effectively, it can help your garden thrive and provide the environmental benefits for both the gardener in addition to your soil.
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Lawn diseases are a more likely occurrence than people think. Using appropriate prevention for fungal diseases and such can save you money and frustration, and here is how you can do it.
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In different areas and climates around the world, people are blessed with perfect soil, however a good chunk of us garden in soil that is not so perfect. If your soil has too much clay in it, is too sandy, too stony, or too acidic, don’t worry. Turning a poor soil into a plant friendly soil is not a difficult task once you understand the components of a healthy soil.
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