Gardening

Monday, September 12, 2005

How to control weeds.

 

Weed Control Facts, Winning the Battle of the Weeds

Keeping your landscape plantings, flower beds, and nursery crops free of weeds is a battle, but if you approach it with a strategic plan, you will prevail. In order to develop a plan, you first must understand how weeds work, and what kind of weeds you are dealing with. 

Basically weeds grow either from seed, or they reproduce from their roots. As the roots grow outward from the parent plant new plants sprout up from the lateral roots, creating more parent plants and the process continues and the weeds thrive. Weeds that tend to reproduce from the root are usually more difficult to control. 

Weed controls facts?  Weeds are plants, and they function just like the desirable plants in your yard. They need water, sunlight, and nutrition to survive. Of these three key survival needs, the easiest one for a gardener to eliminate is sunlight. Through proper mulching you can eliminate the sunlight. 
 
 

No garden? No problems...

Gardening without a Garden

You don't need a plot of land to enjoy the fruits of your labor

(ARA) - As days warm and mailboxes burst with garden catalogs, many people begin to find their green thumbs itching to play in the dirt. But if you're one of the countless people for whom a full-fledged garden isn't a possibility, you don't have to give up the vision of bountiful blooms and fresh produce. There are options available to provide everyone with a way to grow.

Folks with limited space or mobility -- or those who want the beauty and benefits without the hours of work -- are discovering the many different types of container gardening. Once reserved for apartment dwellers only, container gardening can now work for every lifestyle, as more and more people are discovering.
 

Driveways, the big part of your front garden.

Brilliant Driveways -- An Easy Do-It-Yourself Project

 

Be sure to follow all included instructions on any resurfacing product, and select products that have the application steps printed on the package. Follow these basic steps for a perfect driveway resurfacing job. 

1. Clean Driveway: Sweep off dust, dirt and loose stones. Remove grass and weeds from edges and cracks. Scrub oil and grease spots with soap and a stiff wire brush. Rinse and let dry. 

2. Repair Minor Damage: Remove loose debris, fill surface voids to just above the pavement surface, tap down and allow patches to cure. Cracks and holes (up to 1/2" wide) should be filled with Henry Crack Filler and Henry 304 Patching Mix should be used for areas with significant damage (1/2" to 2" wide). 

3. Resurface and Seal: The weather must generally be warmer than 50 degrees and dry for two straight days. Starting in the morning, mist the driveway and sweep away excess water. Apply Henry 532 with a squeegee only -- not a brush or roller -- and push excess gel into cracks and holes. Wait 48 hours minimum before driving on coating. 
Read all the products instructions, call (800) 598-7663 or visit www.Henry.com for driveway resurfacing ideas, how-to guides and information on quality products.
 
 

Lawn Secrets

 
Lawn Secrets from the Mow Master



(ARA) - Whether there’s midseason drought or a family vacation, keep your lawn green and healthy this summer with advice from John Deere’s “Mow Master” Bill Klutho. 

Q: When my town enforced water restrictions during last year’s drought, my lawn suffered. Besides moving to a rainforest, what can I do?
-- Wishing for Water

A: Dehydration can be a common problem, even if there isn’t a drought. Signs such as curling grass blades, a bluish-green color and footprinting (when you can see your footprints in the grass) mean your grass is thirsty. Most lawns need about an inch of water per week, wetting the soil about six inches deep. To measure watering time, put a mark one inch from the bottom of several plastic containers and spread them around the lawn. Clock the time it takes to reach the one-inch mark and water for that length of time in the future. And water in the morning so your lawn isn’t left wet overnight.

When dealing with drought, John Deere recommends following any water restrictions in your area and considering these tips:

* During short droughts, if the grass is still growing, mow on the high side and water infrequently, but deeply, to encourage a strong, deep root system. Watering just a little bit invites weeds to grow.

* Water thoroughly but efficiently, wasting no water on runoff. If the ground is dry and slow to absorb, turn off the water when runoff occurs, wait 30 minutes or more for the surface to dry, then water again. Continue the cycle until you reach saturation levels. 

* During severe drought, let your lawn go dormant. Your lawn can actually survive a few months without water and will recover quickly once rain returns. And if water shortages are common in your area, consider planting another breed of turf that is more drought-hardy than your current lawn.