SeedlingInHands

Take The Time To Plant Your New Plants Right

By Lucy Harrell To start a new bed, remove grass and weeds from the bed area. If you are raising the bed levels- add enriched topsoil. In beds where the soil is just being amended- add 3‖- 4‖ of any organic compost mixed with 10% lava sand and till the mixture evenly down to 8‖ deep. ( if using expanded shale you won’t need the lava sand in the mix-see next paragraph ) – This would suppose that there was at least 3 feet of soil that already existed in that area- not just a few inches –and then rock. […]

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Newsflash! Dealing with the Heat

I’m sure that you would  guess that a lot of  plant problems  in July/August are heat related–it’s hot–it’s dry and sometimes windy-so plants, grass and trees  are having a hard time holding onto water-they need enough watering of the soil to give them a  good drink every 5 -7 days in clay and 3-5 days in sand depending on your plant choices and sites. This time of year if your sprinkler system is not  watering evenly it really shows up–most of the time that is what the problem is.  However  many of us  wrongly interrupt what we see- ( dry  tan patches in the grass and […]

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The Guide to Proper Watering

Watering Test This test is for overhead systems only— not drip irrigation, soaker hoses, etc-for those systems you  will need to water and then check and see if you have actually gotten the soil wet down to 6 inches in the ground. For Overhead (traditional systems) You will need—10 small cans-or like- with an inch marked inside with a marker – be sure it is easy to see [cat food cans-tuna cans–anything ] A bundle of landscape flags [ optional if you want to  write on them and mark  dry or wet spots for the sprinkler guy)]—they are wires with […]

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Composting 101 – Lazy Compost

As simple as you can make it – is your best way.  Location—anywhere—but shade in Texas is best. Nitrogen Wet or Green Contents – green leaves-food scraps (veggies and fruit–coffee grounds,- egg shells, -green leaves) Carbon Dry or Brown Contents-dry leaves,-dry grass, if needed  for dry material – shredded newspaper Always cover wet / green with brown / dry and this will eliminate any common  complaints about compost-it will not smell and it will not  be yucky-or attract critters. Water Add once a week in shade—more often in sun—if you are getting fire ant problems—it is too dry- add water […]

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