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Lawn

Sep. 8, 2011 No Comments Posted under: Gardening Tips

Seed or sod…a fast finished turf project or the time for the seed to mature…that’s the question. Sodding is transplanting of a mature turf, while seeding is a real adventure of wits and circumstances (sometimes all stacked against getting the seed to take). While there are more grass types to choose from now than there used to be and it is (maybe) less expensive, seeding time is limited mainly to late summer and early fall and moisture is critical. (Have you noticed any rain lately?)

Forecast: Heat index in triple digits all week long! Gentle Garden’s takes it easy…water, water, and more water! Healthy plants need special attention during this time. Trees need protection from heat burn on their bark if recently pruned, or planted this year; they need adequate water and monitoring…sometimes a stressed tree doesn’t show up for two years, and by them if is often too late to save them. Pull weeds as they compete for the moisture, stay out of the garden as much as possible as the plants are quite brittle and can’t tolerate much handling. Use highest setting on the mower if you must mow…protect vegetables from the sun with made up shade, (burlap, newspapers). Also, protect yourself…drink water, don’t be alone in this heat, carry a cell phone, wear a hat, all the advice you give your children…AND protect your animals…keep the bird baths clean and full of fresh water, remember too, a dog’s feet will burn on a hot sidewalk! Love you, Gentle Gardeners!