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Along with hydrangeas, I have the most difficulty remembering when and if to prune my clematis. I decided to check out a few university websites for clematis care so I can make notes on when to do what in my garden journal. I've found this to work well...
Wood ash can be useful in your yard if used with caution. Last week I had a call from a reader who has accumulated a large quantity of wood ash from burning wood in her fireplace this winter. She wanted to know if it was OK to spread it around her...
Tags: Potatoes, Chemical Industry
Q. Leaves on our magnolia tree have dark spots and they are turning yellow. What is the problem? A. Luckily, there is no problem this time. The email picture forwarded showed normal leaf spots forming as the magnolia leaves begin to yellow and drop...
Q. My bahia yard was sodded two years ago and is now filling with weeds. I tried the liquid weed controls a week ago and had no results. Are there better products? A. Most liquid weed-control products found at garden centers only control the broadleaf...
Tags: Chemical Industry, Gainesville
You have to have good soil to raise good plants. Every experienced gardener knows this and yet not every experienced gardener takes the time to really manage their soil. Even I'm guilty of this. Without performing a soil test every three years, there...
Tags: Salt, Summer Squash, Chemical Industry, Zucchini
Almanac Average temperature: High 74, low 51 Rainfall: 2.35 inches Central Florida average last frost date: Feb. 15 The moon 1. Moon phases •Last quarter: Feb. 3 •New moon: Feb. 10 •First quarter: Feb. 17 •Full moon: Feb....
Tags: Tree Pruning, Thyme, Lifestyle and Leisure, Salvia, Tomatoes
Q. Our lawn turned brown in spots after a recent frost. Is there anything I can do to make it green? A. Believe it or not, lawn sprays are available to paint the grass green. These are commonly used with more northern lawns and especially zoysia that...
Tags: Cabbage, Chemical Industry
Q. I live in a cold area and have several sagos that have been damaged during the winter. I have tried to protect them with frost blankets. What else can I do? A. King sagos are very hardy. Normally frosts and freezes are not a major problem for these...
Tags: Chemical Industry, Asparagus
Q. I have several containers planted with pansies for the winter. Will I need to cover them during a frost or freeze? A. After devastating freezes, gardeners often turn to pansies for winter color due to their cold-hardiness. Pansies and all their...
Tags: Garlic, Chemical Industry
Almanac Average temperature: High 73, low 53 Rainfall: 2.31 inches Winter arrives: Dec. 21 First frost: Average Central Florida date is Dec. 18 The moon 1. Moon phases •Last quarter: Dec. 6 •New moon: Dec. 13 •First...
Tags: Cabbage, Thyme, Salvia, Holidays, Chemical Industry
The air can get pretty ripe on a warm spring day, especially in the rural regions west of the Lehigh Valley, where the aroma is enhanced by the fresh residue of horse-drawn buggies. Livestock manure accumulates all winter and then is spread on fields...
Q. I have several crotons in my yard and notice the outer leaves are bleached out by the sunlight. When is the best time to trim them back? A. Use a hand lens to check the underside of your croton leaves for insect or mite pests. Usually these plants can...
Tags: Chemical Industry
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