When To Start Spring Lawn Raking

Spring fever and yardwork go together like Martha Stewart and designer compost containers. Raking the lawn lets us enjoy a nice spring day, get some exercise and keep our lawns healthy. But is there a danger of starting too early? First, let’s examine why we rake lawns in spring: Grass often gets flat and matted…
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Fertilize Houseplants To Encourage Their Spring Fever

Houseplants are smart. They instinctively sense the longer days of spring, which tells them that light levels are now sufficient for a growth spurt. Plants respond to improved light levels by sending out new buds and shoots. You see, plants get spring fever, too. We can encourage this natural spring growth by fertilizing houseplants now. Fertilizer will…
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Can Coffee Grounds Be Dumped On Houseplants?

What can we do with coffee grounds remaining from our daily pot of coffee? Spooning the grounds on top of the soil of potted houseplants is one of the handiest disposal methods. But are coffee grounds safe, beneficial or hazardous for houseplants? Here are guidelines: Coffee grounds are an organic material that improves soil condition and…
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How Will Our Yo-Yo Temperatures Affect Yard And Garden?

What season are we in? It seems to vary day to day. We yo-yo in and out of winter and spring, with a day or two of summer thrown in. If you’re a plant, you must be very confused. Should you start growing, or remain in hibernation. Will you begin sprouting, only to be “nipped in…
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How To Rebloom An Amaryllis

I hope you kept the amaryllis bulb you got at Christmastime, because it’s quite easy to coax them to rebloom. In fact, it’s been recorded that the same amaryllis bulb has rebloomed for 75 years. Here’s what to do: After the flowers whither, remove them where they’re attached to the stalk, leaving the stalk in place. Don’t let the flower…
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