Tuesday, June 12, 2012
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Happy Junuary!

Hmmmph. My lawn is so soggy that unless root weevils and leatherjacket grubs are aquatic I don’t think I’ll have much of a problem with them this year. My lawn and weed garden are looking rather lush at the moment. I’ll get out there in between the showers!

Here’s the list:

Lawn: Mow high – longer grass shades out weed seeds and also reduces water evaporation. Fertilize with slow release fertilizer and aerate if you haven’t done so already. As always try not to mow or aerate or tromp around in your yard if the ground is soggy to reduce soil compaction…that’s my excuse anyway and I’m sticking to it!!

Garden beds – weed! Timing is everything. Getting to the weeds before they drop seeds means the world!! Actually it doesn’t but you’ll thank me later if you can get to them before they seed. Watch the weather too.

Weeding and scuffling up the soil before a hot spell will help to cut down on regrowth.

Pinch back or cut back excessive growth. With all of this rain many perennials and shrubs are pushing out a lot of soft growth. Too much growth may snap branches or cause plants to flop over later. Start staking if you haven`t already. Any plants that you can`t trim a bit…like peony`s should be staked…especially this spring!!

Continue planting if you have any gaps in your garden. While many people in other parts of the country stop planting for summer, we can safely continue as long as we monitor our plants watering requirements.

Monitor for aphids or powdery mildew. Be ruthless with your plant inspection. If there is something badly affected by disease or pests…think about removing and replacing.

Trees – mulch and make sure not to weed wack around the base.

Veggie gardens and annual gardens –…well…all I can say is that we`ve got lots of replacement plants if needed. You may have to reseed the corn and beans and any other seeds that require heat to germinate. Keep your tomatoes covered…a little greenhouse or cold frame would be great or at least under an overhang as mine are. As we get into warmer weather its a great time to plant heirloom tomatoes, basil and other warm season crops - the best growing season is still coming!

Ponds – add floaters as needed. Remember it takes about 75percent coverage to keep the water free from algae. Frogbit and water hyacinth are great floating aeraters!!

Well, that`s about it for now. Come in and say hi if you're in the neighbourhood. I'm the one that looks a bit like a drowned rat.

Laurelle Olfdord-Down

Laurelle Olfdord-Down

Laurelle is a certified horticulturalist and Landscape designer. She is currently an up and coming apple guru, growing over 120 cultivars which explains her passion for edible garden design. Laurelle works part time for Art’s Nursery. You can also interact with her through Art’s monthly newsletter, our blog and our gardening channel on YouTube.


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