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Thursday, August 11, 2011

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Keeping your yard looking nice during this time of the year isn't easy.

This morning we wanted to look at the summer garden calendar and some tips with our expert Jim Webster From The Barn Nursery.

He said the first thing is to make sure your flowers get plenty of water. Jim also gave the following tips.

-Rose Care - Keep Roses Healthy and Happy by deadheading for continuous bloom. You do not want the rose hips to form and slow your rose down so keep deadheading. Spray to prevent disease and insect control. The Japanese beetles will be out soon and this is when roses get challenging. You can dust with Seven or spray. If you prefer a non chemical control go thru the rose garden early morning, and again mid-day and early evening with a bucket of water and pull the beetles off and drown them.

-Knock-out Roses - Yes, they are supposed to be low maintenance but if you do not want them to get to 5 or 6 feet tall trim them. You can keep them tidy by trimming in March, June and again in August or September. Trim whatever you would like. I have some customers that I trim pretty hard and it takes about 2 weeks for them to recover back gorgeous and blooming again.

-Weed Control - it seems the weeds really take off when we feel our garden is looking our best. You can do a pre-emergent to prevent weed seeds from germinating. Just apply under the mulch. If you have already mulched just sprinkle on top of the mulch and try not to disturb the area so the pre-emergent can work effectively.






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