The Perfect Lawn

To obtain or maintain the perfect lawn the following procedures are offered for your consideration. First analysis your lawn’s problems.  Then select the curative steps from the list below. Step 1:   Ensure one inch of moisture every seven to ten days (measure with a rain gauge) Step 2:   Early spring…

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Know your Turf Grass Thugs

I all too often get the inevitable turf grass question, “What is wrong with my lawn?”   Why?  Well remember that our lawns make up a very large proportion of our garden.  This large area is also a monoculture of various turf grass species and even the most novices of…

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Mosquito Control

The constant annoyance of that buzzing in your ear and subsequent  bite of the mosquito has for the city dweller taken on a new importance with the threat of the West Nile Virus.  In the USA as of September, 2006 there were 2171 reported illness from West Nile in 41…

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Watering your Indoor Plants

Water is an indispensable element in all plant life.  It composes up to ninety percent of a plants total mass.  As a function of a plants metabolic rate water dissolves the soluble nutrients in the soil and makes them available for absorption by the roots.  Water is an important component…

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Alternative Weed & Pest Control

For years, now we have heard about the negative impact of Pesticides on the environment.  The professional users of pesticides are responsible applicator’s using them in a safe and appropriate manner.  It has been the non-professional users who have gotten us in trouble.  Their over and ill-timed applications often of…

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Slug & Snail Control

Slugs and snails are sneaky because they attack under the cover of darkness.  They will go to great lengths to obtain their favourite foods. Slugs to this end will stretch out to twenty times their normal length enabling them to squeeze through the smallest openings.  Those slimy trails that they…

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Closing your Garden Pond

Many homeowners find the closing down of their pond for the winter a laborious task and it should not be.  The normal procedure of keeping your pond clear of debris is very important not only at closing but also throughout the rest of the year.  It helps if you inoculate…

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Harvesting your own Citrus

Wouldn’t it be nice to pick fresh oranges, lemons, limes, and mandarins or just to enjoy the fragrance of their blossoms on these dreary winter days?  You can.  Many garden centers are now starting to carry these citrus plants.  But you will have to go looking for them. I prefer…

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Potatoes for the Home Garden

There is nothing like the taste of a new potato fresh from your garden.  Moreover, it does not matter if they are grown in large containers on your deck or balcony or by the traditional way in your garden soil.  Potatoes are planted at last frost in well cultivated soil…

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Parsley

Five Steps to Growing Parsley Seedlings Indoors Soak seeds overnight prior to planting to improve germination. Fill flat shallow boxes, peat pots or seed starting equipment with moistened seed starter mix or other sterile, soil-less medium. Sow seeds about an inch apart in the shallow boxes or two to an…

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