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How Does Your Garden Grow?
April Showers?
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 • Posted May 6, 2008 10:00 PM

What happened to all of the April showers? I think we missed ours. It’s necessary to water the lawn and plants every week during the dry times. Lawns need one inch of rain a week to keep the grass green. If you missed the spring fertilizing of the lawn, now is the time to feed grasses, trees and shrubs. Use the same fertilizer for all of the landscape. Don’t use anything like Weed and Seed; it will damage the trees and shrubs.

You may dig and move spring blooming bulbs as soon as the foliage has died down.

Mow the grass on a regular basis. It’s best to leave the clipping on the grass. It adds nitrogen to the soil.

Watch for slugs, snails and pillbugs in your gardens. They will devour a plant at night. Use a bait. Sluggo is a good one.

Grasshoppers are out and about. Use Nolo bait at first signs. It works better when the grasshoppers are very young.

Deadhead–remove all bloomed out flowers as soon as they have finished blooming. This will give a neater look to the garden and the flowers will repeat blooming.

The hot weather brings the end to pansies, snapdragons and winter annuals. Plant summer flowers such as zinnias, marigolds, salvias, lantanas, and a host of summer and fall annuals and perennials. Water well until established.

Water hanging baskets everyday, also patio pots. Feed according to the type of plant.

When your Easter lily has finished blooming, let it dry, cut off all the foliage and plant it in a partly sunny spot. It will come out again next spring and bloom.

When gathering seed from your favorite plants, choose the healthiest and largest blooms. Let the flower dry completely and the see head is dry. Remove the head and place it on a paper plate or paper towel. After it is completely dry, shake out the seed and store them in a cool place until the next planting time. This makes a good gift for gardening friends.

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