How to Control the Growth of Nutgrass

nutgrassIf your lawn is heavily infested with nutgrass then it must be a cause of worry for you. It is tough to get rid of it. Nutgrass is an extremely difficult weed to eradicate.

Nutgrass is perennial weedy sedge in the genus Cyperus that is often mistaken for a grass. Also called nutsedge, it is a nuisance in turfgrass when its shiny leaves and fast growth rate disrupts the otherwise uniform texture of a lawn. The invasive nature of nutsedge may cause it to destroy the appearance of a flower bed.

Nutsedge may spread by seed or by underground stems called rhizomes. Each plant is attached to a tuberous bulb-like structure often called a nut or nutlet.

Under optimal conditions, a tuber can give rise to as many as 7,000 new nutlets annually. Somewhat like a potato, each nut has five or more “eyes,” with each eye having the ability to produce a new shoot.  Read the rest of this entry

Growing Lovely Palms in Home Gardens

palmsPast few years home gardeners have shown great interest in growing palms in home gardens. Nowadays exotic palm species and varieties are more readily available. Gardeners are more inclined to grow the most reliable palms for landscape use.

The best time to plant palms is May through September.The soil is warmest this time of year, and warm soil is one of the most necessary criteria for palm root growth.

It also is important to transplant a palm as soon as possible after digging. Never allow the roots to become dry. But this should not be a problem with container-grown plants. Read the rest of this entry

Late August Gardening Tips

august gardeningYour gardens might be approaching the harvest time this month and zucchini, cucumbers, summer squash, beans and tomatoes must be quickly approaching ripeness. Raspberries are plentiful, corn is tasseling, and annual flowers are also in abundance this time of the year.

Now is the time to renovate tired strawberry beds. Cut back foliage to about one-half-inch above the crowns. Thin rows, leaving only healthy, young, vigorous plants. Weed, then fertilize with 5 pounds of 10-10-10 per 100 feet of row, or an organic alternative. Water well and mulch with pine needles, straw mulch, wood shavings, or herbicide-free grass clippings.

Your garden container plants also require equal attention. Remove spent blossoms and sickly leaves. Cut back scraggly petunias, lobelia, alyssum and coleus. Strong new growth will be encouraged. Replace any plants that are doing poorly. Read the rest of this entry

Prepare Garden Soil With Effective Micro-Organisms

effective micro organismsFor a gardener the ideal situation in the garden would be rich soil, moist and crumbly, free of weeds and ready to plant. With the right products like compost, manure, fertilizer and a bio stimulant like effective micro-organisms (EM)  you can have fertile soil, ready to grow great yields during the warmer months.

It is best to start with preparing the soil in your open planting beds. Dig in generous amounts of compost and inoculate with EM to start increasing the biological activity in the soil. EM will help improve the soil structure and increase aeration to start preparing your soil for planting. If you have clay soil, manure and EM will improve it by adding humus to the soil structure. Read the rest of this entry

Garden web tool AppMany commercial growers are using laptops, tablets or smartphones to keep costs down and production up. With the upcoming technology in the sector even home gardeners too can use these with great affordability.

Apps may get more attention, but they’re small potatoes compared with the software and online programs already at work or being tested for horticultural use. Simply scanning a monitor or applying a few keystrokes can save water and fuel, redirect a labor force or protect a crop.

“The online-based software is really the heart that drives all this technology,” said Paul Goldberg, director of operations at Bettinelli Vineyards and a director of Napa Valley Grapegrowers.

“A good portion of my day is now spent monitoring vineyards and making decisions to control certain vineyard operations via my phone or tablet in the field.” Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Mold and Fungal Diseases Control Tips

mold and fungal diseases in plantsDuring the month of July gardeners must be cautious of development of mold and fungal diseases in their gardens.

It is extremely important in gardening to monitor for mold and fungal diseases. If your flower garden having annuals and early blooming perennials has started appearing shaggy then it would be better to trim these plants back to improve appearance and promote more bushy growth. Trimming plants will further facilitate increased air circulation around adjacent and later-blooming plants. This in turn will reduce drastically the conducive growth for mold, mildew and fungus.

The vegetable gardeners should preferably use straw as a mulch to retain soil moisture and reduce fluctuations in soil temperatures. Straw will also serve as a potential barrier between fruits and vegetables and the damp soil. Do not ignore the factor of ensuring good air circulation which is needed to reduce probability of occurrence of mold and fungal diseases in the vegetable garden. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Tips For Growing A Heritage Garden

heritage gardenHeritage gardens have somewhat magical setting and attract the souls of writers, painters and gardeners into the midst of old trees, charming shops and pastoral life by the bay.

An old-fashioned grace of the cottage garden is something gardeners may cherish. A natural cottage garden is a welcoming paradise. You may fashion along the front walkway and around front by using a combination of romantic, old-fashioned flowers that continue to thrive and are remembered “from Grandma’s garden.”

Such welcoming pleasers as red geraniums tumbling over patinaed containers, old English bluebells of iris varieties, begonias, pansies, petunias and pentas may artfully be placed in beds or containers to create the informal, restful benevolence desired in a cottage garden.  Read the rest of this entry

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