Due to the extreme heat and drought trees need an extra drink. Although most people feel the irrigation is enough its not, deep watering is the key and will keep your tree from early dormany and in some cases death. You should be watering trees 1 to 2 times a week with a hose for 20 minutes on a trickel with the hosed placed 2 to 3ft away from the trunk .
Tropicals are expensive to replace every year so if you have some you really like you can overwinter them in your house or basement. Most tropicals will overwinter with minimal care all that is required is to water once a month and make sure they recieve some light. Light can be provided naturally or by artifical lighting.
Have you ever gazed out of the kitchen window at your beautiful wildlife garden on a cold winter’s day? It looks so barren and lonely. Have you ever wondered where the butterflies go during this time of year?
Don't forget to cut your ornamental grasses and shrub roses back this spring before spring growth starts. This is important to remove old growth as well as encourage new, healthy growth.
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Feed your Azaleas every two months with an acid type fertilizer (mir-acid) starting from the onset of new spring growth, until late summer. If chlorosis occurs (yellow foliage with green veins), treat plants with a product containing chelated iron.
Azaleas need and thrive in acidic soils. Ideal PH is 4-5.5. Always take a soil test to determine PH before planting these plants in your lawn. Once Azaleas are established and you have reached the correct PH levels, you may need to fertilize as much.
Have you ever seen the lovely sight of the “Dog Vomit Fungus” growing in a mulched area ?
The Dog Vomit Fungus is not a fungus, but a slime mold. I guess calling it the “Dog Vomit Slime Mold” wasn’t very appealing to the International Association of Slime Mold Naming Scientists (IASMNS). Anyway, its scientific name is Fuligo septica. Which, when roughly translated into english means, “sticky stuff on the bottom of Bob’s shoe”.
The next stage in the life of this slime mold is quite depressing.