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Is It Too Warm Too Soon? How Will It Affect Our Plants?

Frost usually doesn’t affect most hardy shrubs that have started leafing out. But a hard freeze, below 32 degrees F. can be devastating, and if we can make it to mid May without a hard freeze that will be nothing short of a small miracle if you ask me. After all, here in northern Ohio temperatures in the twenties are pretty common in April. So if we some how dodge that, we need to thank our lucky stars. So… how do we protect plants from freeze or frost damage once they have started to leaf out? Some things we can protect, others we cannot. The ground is warm. Ground heat is a handy thing to have and we can take advantage of it to protect flowers, small plants, and low growing shrubs. If you suspect frost or even a hard freeze you should cover any plants that you are concerned with. Don’t use clear plastic at all when the sun is out. The clear plastic will only create more heat. But blankets, tarps and drop cloths work great. So do frost blankets if you happen to have any or can get them.

Tips on Transplanting

Wanna know a secret? Plants are Happiest in the Ground! That’s the secret. When you buy a plant and take it home the absolute best thing you can do for that plant is to get it planted as soon as possible. Plants are happiest in the ground, they are not all that happy sitting on top of the ground, nor are they very happy being grown in a container. Doesn’t matter what time of the year it is, as long as the ground is not frozen solid you can and should install the plant into it’s permanent home.

5 Nutrient-Dense Foods To Grow At Home

Organic home gardeners have a great opportunity to provide their families with nutrient-dense vegetables by selecting those that are naturally high in food value and growing them with the advised amount of organic fertilizer and regular watering. This article suggests some high nutrient vegetables and fruit.

Why Not Grow Your Own Blueberries?

Edible landscape plants are quickly becoming the hottest thing in gardening. We are seeing a real trend with homeowners who are moving away from the traditional ornamental landscaping and opting for plants that provide food as well as beauty. Blueberry bushes, with their antioxidant-rich berries and spectacular fall foliage, are becoming one of the most sought after plants in residential landscapes today.

How to Naturally Dispose of Weeds

It’s almost spring, so the big question is what to do first? Take a look at your perennials. Do they have a lot of dead foliage on them still from last year? If so, cut it or pull it off. Clean up all of last years growth so the new growth will look clean and fresh. Get rid of all the weeds in your gardens. Yeah, yeah, I know, that’s no fun, but if you get all of them out now you can maintain a weed free garden all season long. Well, almost weed free. Weed control is an all summer task, but it shouldn’t be difficult or overwhelming.

Tree Stump Removal

Tree stump removal instructions that make a very difficult, if not an impossible job, manageable. I spent about 20 years re-landscaping homes. We used to re-landscape three homes a week, and we did all of this work on evenings and Saturdays because I worked a full time job. I have no idea how many homes I re-landscaped over the years, but the number is well over 500. Every one of those re-landscaping jobs had overgrown landscaping that needed to be removed before we could even start the actual landscaping job. That meant that dozens and dozens of tree stumps and large stumps from overgrown shrubbery had to be removed. Of course county wisdom says that you just back up Bubba’s pickup truck, wrap a chain around the stump and drive away as fast as you can. I’ll admit, I’ve done that. Does it work? Sort of. But it’s also a great way to really tear up a pick up truck, completely destroy the lawn, and possibly damage the house.

How to Get Rid of Japanese Beetles and Grubs in Your Lawn

Japanese Beetles can severely damage your roses and other plants in your landscape because they feed on the leaves and can almost completely defoliate some plants. First, it’s important to make the connection that the white grubs in your lawn will hatch into Japanese Beetles and if you have Japanese Beetles they will lay eggs in your lawn that turn into white grubs. The white grubs ruin your lawn!

Hydrangeas: When Do I Prune Them? Why Didn’t They Flower?

Hydrangeas like more water than most plants, and at least a smidgen of shade helps them stay healthy and happy. So… with all of that said, if your hydrangea did not bloom then the flower buds might have gotten pruned off, or more likely the flower buds were damaged over the winter.

How to Keep Cats From Using Your Yard As a Bathroom

When you are an outdoor cat, the world is your toilet. If you are unfamiliar with the toilet habits of cats… lucky you! Let me fill you in. Cat urine has concentrated amounts of ammonia that grow actually grows stronger as it sits. So it’s no surprise that when your cat pees on your tomato plant, it burns the leaves.

15 Mouth-Watering Edible Weeds

If you take a good look at your yard, you will find many different edible weeds that can be eaten in salads, made into tea or used for health purposes. Amaranth – Found on most continents, Amaranth is an edible weed and Native to the Americas. The whole Amaranth plant can be eaten but if the leaves appear to have spines on them, avoid eating those leaves.

Planting an Edible Landscape For Beginning Gardeners

The idea of getting a harvest out of a traditionally and beautifully manicured landscape might seem unlikely, but the reality is, it’s quite possible to do. Edible landscaping has become a popular trend among homeowners who wish for a hybrid garden of sophisticated beauty that also provides healthy and fresh food, without the backyard taken over by square vegetable beds; Beds that also require tending and work to sustain a crop. Many landscape plants that produce delicious and abundant crops require little work like most landscape plant selections, and they look beautiful doing it. Some seasonal tending may be necessary, but this is true for most landscapes that are properly cared for anyway. How is this done? And what plants should you use? Read on!

The Convenience of Having a Kitchen Garden in Your Backyard

Kitchen gardens have been essentials as part of the home for hundreds, even thousands of years. People all over the world have had them and relied on them as a cheap and very fresh source of expensive herbs and vegetables.

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