Recognizing Herbicide Spray Injury

Every year there are many instances of spray damage to vegetable gardens, flowers, trees and shrubs from lawn weed killers. Can you recognize the symptoms? The damage happens when lawns are sprayed for weeds, and the herbicide drifts or is oversprayed onto plants that are next to the lawn. The ingredients in the common lawn herbicides, 2,4-D and…
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How To Keep Geraniums Blooming Vigorously

Geraniums are a must-have for many of us in our outdoor containers, planters and window boxes. They’re a favorite because they bloom from the moment of planting until the season’s end. But how can we maximize the number of blooms, keeping them producing loads of large flowers? Here are several key points for helping geraniums…
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Japanese Tree Lilac – Great Tree For Small Spaces.

Have you noticed the small trees currently blooming with beautiful billowy white flowers? They’re Japanese tree lilacs. These small-scale trees bloom later than the more-familiar shrub-type lavender lilacs, usually flowering from about mid-June until early July. If you didn’t know better, you might not even recognize them as lilacs. Japanese tree lilacs can be grown as single-trunked…
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The Importance Of Thinning Garden Vegetables

It seems a shame to destroy perfectly good little vegetable seedlings. But when rows of carrots, radishes and lettuce emerge from the garden soil as thick as hair on a dog’s back, something must be done. If allowed to progress, too-thick seedlings never develop, resulting in carrots thin as shoestrings by season’s end. There’s an old…
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Mowing Height Affects Lawn Health

The fragrance of freshly-mown grass is awesome. It’s aroma therapy at its finest. Not only does mowing smell nice, but the proper mowing height can make our lawns healthier. Adjusting the lawn mower so it cuts grass to a properly-high height make lawns healthier because: Grass plants become healthier if they aren’t scalped from too-low mowing.…
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