(For Release On Or After 08/04/06) August is a month when gardeners should think about two important aspects of landscape maintenance – fertilizing and pruning. This month is the latest time in the year when we fertilize lawns, hardy shrubs and ground covers in the landscape. It’s also the time to finish pruning many shrubs, cut back overgrown tropicals and trim some bedding plants.
(For Release On Or After 08/18/06) Reading garden books has always been a favorite pastime of mine, and I still keep my most useful references close at hand. But I have to admit that more and more I find myself doing research on my computer.
(For Release On Or After 08/11/06) I was recently asked what should be done in the garden in August, and I replied, "As little as possible!" Seriously, though, there is at least one important task you can perform, and that’s evaluating how well your plants are doing.
(For Release On Or After 08/25/06) Bromeliads are a wonderful group of tropical or semi-tropical plants that are popular container plants. Because they are easy to grow, colorful and stay in bloom for a long time, they also are commonly used by florists as gift plants. As a result, even people who are not familiar with bromeliads sometimes find themselves the owners of plants they do not know how to grow.
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