Ken-do Attitude

Time to pinch off geranium flowers

Let’s start with a few quick summer tips: When geranium flowers wither, pinch off the flower with your fingernail about an inch below the blossom. A few days later, tug out the dried, brownish stem at the top. A replacement stem and flower will grow quickly because...

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Water those vegetable plantings

Summer weather has finally arrived and if you’re like me, you’re eager to get outside more and get work done. With a lot more people getting into gardening, see my recommendations for watering vegetables. The grass is growing fast as ever but that doesn’t mean it...

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Plenty of gardening work needed in spring

A lot has changed in the last two months, but plants are still growing and will need your attention. Here are some tips for cutting, pruning and maintaining some common plants for spring. Harvesting Roses • Harvest roses early, before the sun bakes them (before 10...

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Keep a lookout for boxwood twig blight

Boxwood Twig Blight! The fungus Cylindrocladium pseudonaviculatum first presents itself as leaf spot followed by rapid browning and leaf drop starting on the lower branches and moving upward in the canopy. The fungus can remain in fallen leaves, so be sure to rake up...

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This is the best time for pruning trees

March is the month of preparation. Taking the time to prepare your garden for the growing season by checking soil pH and cleaning up winter debris is a perfect way to start. It is the best time for pruning trees and shrubs, especially for fruit and shade trees. If you...

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Brace yourself for weather swings

February is a month where the weather can vary widely. Even though it may still be cold, damp, snowy and sometimes miserable outdoors, occasionally Mother Nature will bless us with a day or two of sunshine, which inspires us to go outside and work in the yard. Pruning...

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Drive out insect pests with more humidity

Indoor insect pests occur because indoor conditions are too dry for most tropical plants. Humidifying your home (by 30 percent or more) will help prevent these pests from returning. Another method would be to get trays of pebbles and adding water and setting the...

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Forcing paper-white bulbs in soil? Read this

When forcing paper-white bulbs in soil, you need seven to nine weeks to allow them to come into bloom. Choose bulbs that have not yet sprouted and plant them within four weeks after purchase. If you have to wait before planting, store the bulbs in a dry warm room...

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Consider these fall product options

Freezepruf is an environmentally safe way to extend the growing season as it improves the plants natural cold tolerance up to 9.4 degrees, depending on the variety of the plant. Developed by botanists, FreezePruf protects plants externally and systemically, is...

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Too late to prune spring-flowering shrubs

Do not prune any spring-flowering shrubs, such as forsythia, azalea, camellia, holly, lilac, rhododendron, Spirea and viburnum. They are within three weeks of completing bud formation for next year’s flower bloom, so be sure to check pH and provide one last feeding....

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