Take care of your lawns

Published 10:26am Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Good morning gardeners.

Lawns seem to be the pride and joy of most homeowners. We will discuss lawn maintenance this week. Lawns need to be fertilized once in the spring and again in mid summer to keep them thick and healthy. Weeds don’t grow where there is a thick stand of grass. Using a complete lawn fertilizer now will keep grass green until fall.

When cutting grass don’t scalp the lawn, meaning don’t cut it so short that the soil is exposed in patches. Some people think that if they cut the grass short they won’t have to cut it as often. Wrong! Raise the mower height a notch or so to help the grass cope with the heat and keep roots cool. The extra height on the grass will also reduce the amount of water that it  needs to keep it alive. People with bald heads have to be more careful of their heads burning than people with a thick head of hair. Do you get the point?

Roses usually slow down blooming in the heat of the summer. I’m speaking of hybrid tea roses not the Knock- Out. By pruning them back about a third, fertilizing, keeping them watered and sprayed for insects and disease you will get an abundance of blooms in the fall.

Don’t forget about the little hummingbirds. Keep fresh nectar in the feeders and keep the feeders clean. The sweet water will mold in the summer if not kept clean, which can make the birds sick .Remember you can make your own nectar by boiling 1/4 cup of sugar in 8 ounces of water, allow it to cool and it’s ready to use.

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