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How does your garden grow?
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 • Posted September 15, 2011 9:21 AM

Have you noticed the flowers and trees blooming since the break in the temperature? The 100 degree plus temperature shuts down blooming for plants and vegetables. Fruit producing vegetables will begin bearing again when the weather breaks.

There is much concern over the loss of large, old trees. Without rain soon, we will see many die. I have lost several. Some are losing their leaves, which means they may be shedding their leaves to protect themselves. The leaves use so much water. Shedding the leaves will give them another chance to come back next year. So, we will have an early fall. If the leaves hang on, that is a good sign they will die. If you have the water, many can be saved by placing a soaker hose around the tree at the drip line. Let it run slowly for several hours or overnight. Placing a light covering of a good compost around the tree will help. Add a layer of mulch over the area you have watered to help control the moisture.

Many will be replacing lawns with ground cover, hardscapes or grass. You can put down new grass if you have water. If you are using seed it will need to stay damp until it germinates, which will be several days. The same thing goes if you place sod. It must stay wet until the roots have begun to grow. St. Augustine is the only grass that will grow in the sun and shade. Bermuda and Buffalo grows only in the sun. There are ground covers that can help fill these spaces. Asiatic Jasmine is a good cover that will take sun or shade and it trims easily.

Tip: Plant parsley, chives and cilantro for cool season flavor. Plant in flower beds, tubs or built up garden areas.

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