Ken-do Attitude

Don’t be a stranger to your garden

June can be a busy month in the garden. Dry weather brings the need to water plants more. Wet weather brings scouting tasks for disease and other pests. Plants need to be fed to keep growing and that lawn just won’t quit, either. Whatever the conditions, there is...

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Stay on top of your growing lawn

Beginning with this month, try to make an effort to mow the lawn often enough so you never have to cut off more than a third of the grass in order to maintain the recommended height. Always keep your mower blades sharpened. WEEK ONE • Try to get all perennial plants...

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Look out for Boxwood twig blight

Watch for 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...

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This is the time for preparation

March is the month of preparation. Take 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. March is the best time for pruning trees and shrubs, especially for fruit and shade trees. If...

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Remember to stay flexible this month

February is a month with weather that 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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Stay ahead of your spring chore list

The hustle and bustle of the winter holidays are behind us, and though there may not seem to be much happening in your garden or landscape, here are some things you can do inside and outside to stay ahead of your spring chore list and plan for a successful garden...

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Keep this month’s list, and check it twice

Here’s your list of December gardening tips. Check it twice. • Try to keep your holiday cactus in the coolest possible room. This will help delay the opening of the buds until Christmas. Always feed your plant with Super Bloom when watering while the plant is...

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Try creating a cold frame

Cold frames can give plants a head start on the seasons and sometimes even extend the season, and are great for starting plants from seeds. A cold frame is nothing more than a bottomless box sunk into the earth and roofed over with glass or plastic. The ideal position...

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Fallen leaves are assets, but wisdom needed

Leaves are assets to your lawn. Not one should leave your property. However, matted leaves rob the grass of the sunlight it needs as it continues to grow through fall. Grass will continue to grow as long as the soil remains warm, which in our region is at least...

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Moth crystals can prevent indoor whiteflies

To rid your houseplants summering outdoors of whiteflies before bringing them indoors, use moth crystals, because in my experience, insecticidal soap will not work! In the evening, drape a clear plastic bag over the whitefly infested plant, and place a small Styrofoam...

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