If you have an annoying stump in your yard, consider hiring a licensed arborist to grind it below the soil surface. Another option is to cut the stump as close to the soil surface as possible and then drill numerous holes in the stump. Fill the holes with lawn fertilizer to hasten its decomposing. There are also chemical stump removal products that speed up the stump’s decay. The process may take over a year or more, so it requires patience.
Another alternative is to make the best of it and turn the stump into a seat or as a base for a potted plant.
Need a lawn in a shady spot? Most garden centers sell lawn seed mixtures formulated just for shade. These grasses are composed of shade tolerant “fine leafed fescues” which are usually combinations of sheep fescue, red fescue, chewings fescue and other special varieties. These tend to have a finer bladed leaf than traditional bluegrass, but from a distance, it looks identical to most bluegrass.
Now is a good time to sow lawn seed. Lightly rake the seed in for good soil contact. Keep the area moist until you see germination.
Now is the perfect time to clean and inspect your lawn mower. Be sure you have sharp blades as dull blades increase gas usage and may cause brown tips on the tips of leaves. Here is a link on how to sharpen your own blade.
Fresh gasoline is critical to your lawn mower’s performance. Use 87 octane or higher. Rustproof plastic gas cans are preferred for storing gasoline. Gasoline that has sat for longer periods can accumulate harmful moisture causing octane loss and carburetor clogging.
Of course, you can forget all the headaches in dealing with gas and instead buy an engine-less push lawn mower or an electric powered mower. Cordless electric mowers are easier to use than corded electric mowers and are great for medium to small yards.
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Tomatillo, is is an easy to grow garden fruit related to the tomato. Each fruit is surrounded by a green to tan papery husk covering. When the fruit fills the papery husk, it is ready for harvest. Remove the husk before eating. It tastes like a cross between a lemon, pineapple and tomato. Chefs love to highlight the tart-tangy flavor of tomatillos. They are high in vitamin C and antioxidants. (more…)
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Unfortunately, sweet cherries are not hardy for our climate. Instead, grow the hardier sour (pie) cherries such as North Star, Meteor or Mesabi.
You can also grow shrubs that produce tart cherries such as Nanking cherry.
Even sweeter and quite hardy is the shrub known as sandcherry– (Prunus besseyi) often called “Hanson’s bush cherry.”
Carmine Jewel is a hybrid cherry shrub from Canada and is a cold-hardy cross between sour pie cherries (P. cerasus) and dwarf ground cherry (P. fruiticosa).
We all know that clothes dryers make lint, but did you know that the lint actually has a use? Instead of throwing it in the trash, put it in the garden or compost pile. Lint makes a fine soil amendment.
Beware as lint can also pose a fire and carbon monoxide danger when there is an excessive accumulation in your dryer exhaust pipe. Regularly inspect and clean the dryer exhaust pipe to prevent a clogged vent.
How do you determine when a houseplant is in need of repotting into a larger pot?
You can tell if the plant need repotting when roots emerge through the drainage holes or a network of roots developing on the soil surface. Do not go overboard with a new pot larger than a few more inches, as most plants like to be slightly rootbound. (more…)
The amaryllis houseplant is native to Central and South America and is famous for its large trumpet-like blooms. The amaryllis is a common gift plant during the holidays. Once it blooms, you should snip off the tips anthers (the little stems that come out of the flowers that bear pollen). By doing so, you’ll prolong the bloom show for a few extra days.
Once the amaryllis blooms have faded, cut the flower stalk off at the base and let it continue to grow leaves, give it a well-lit room, and grow as you would most houseplants (normal water, occasional fertilizer). After about 15 months it should bloom again (normally in spring) then it will bloom every spring after that.