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With this weather who knows what to do with watering? Just a week ago it was 88 degrees and dry, now it is cool and raining. Yesterday I was telling people to just turn on the sprinklers and let them run but now I am not too sure. No one has the easy answer. This time of year I tend to keep my system off and run it only when I feel it is needed. I keep my water use pretty lean. Here are a few simple guidelines that I use this time of
Yesterday the battle against the lawn dandelion and other weeds began again for this year. Every year around this time, the first yellow flowers open. They are quickly followed by the puffy seed head and then by other weeds like clover. Fighting weeds never stops. It must be part of the long list of things to do like dusting and changing motor oil. Its not fun but it must be done. I know many people will toss in the towel and just let things
Yes, it's that time again. The season moss begins to grow and spread in western Oregon and Washington. Oh wait, that's pretty much every season !!! Well actually between February and May moss growth is at its peak and can spread up to an inch a week. Moss tends to grow on everything from lawns to glass. I have seen old cars with moss growing on the windshield. Any plant that can do that is pretty tough.
Ground cover plants like Sedum, Vinca, Ivy, St. Johnswort etc. all need some care. Often ground covers are ignored and allowed to grow wild. This will always result in puffy, brown ugly stem growth. If you have beds with ground cover plant that are over 3 years old here is what you should do in January or February.
Well, we should be getting some hot weather any minute. I can feel it. So far this year we have had it pretty easy. Watering demands have been pretty mild but watch out. Heat is on it's way. If you have been watering well, things should be fine. If you have been watering on the light side, your landscape will be crispy next week. One thing to keep in mind is that it only takes 3/4 of an i
I love spring snow. I was suprised this morning when I got up and saw the beds and rooftops all covered in white. The snow of spring is never a problem for plants. The cool temperature is buffered by the high humidity and soil moisture. It never damages plants.
Wow, what a busy day at the Portland Yard, Garden and Patio show. The crowds looked happy on Friday while looking at all the great gardening ideas. Be sure not to miss the "Gardens of the World" display gardens. They will give you lots of ideas.
Does your deciduous Clematis look like this? If it does, cut it down to 6-10 inches now. In February, these vines will begin to produce new buds all along the stem. The brown dry leaves will remain and look bad all year. Not only that, the plant will become a huge overgrown mess. Remember that what ever growth they produced last year will be produced again this year.
Here it is. The first sprout of my Siberian Iris. Soon the blooms will be adding some color to my yard and warmer, dryer days can't be far behind. I don't know about you, but when I see fresh green growth in my landscape it rekindles my gardening interest, even if the weather is still poor.
Why is winter a good time to prune plants? Well the main reason is that it is the best time to see branch patterns. Most pruning can be done at any time. However, many prefer winter because it is easier to see crossing and oddly shaped limbs. Pruning is the single most important aspect of plant care and landscape improvement. Bad pruning can destroy a tree or shrub but horticulturally correct pruning
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