April 11th, 2009
Robert Beyer explores variegated plants, including vines, agaves, citrus and perennials.
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Tips of the Week
Fertilize the lawn. Once we reach tax day, we can fertilize our grass. We wait this long because we want the grass to be actively growing. Otherwise, it won't be able to take up the fertilizer. Most likely, you'll just be feeding the weeds. The excessive will simply wash into our creeks and waterways.
And, like everything else, fertilize in moderation. Don't think if a little helps, a lot is better. A lot creates grass that is shallow-rooted. You mow more, you water more and it ends up turning the creek green, too, as the nitrogen washes off and contributes to algae problems. Check out Grow Green for more lawn tips.
Feed spring blooming plants.
Keep tomatoes evenly watered.
Pull out winter annuals like pansies and replace with warm weather transplants.
Plant summer-blooming annual seeds like zinnias, cosmos, Mexican sunflowers and sunflowers.
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Question of the Week
How can I have beautiful roses?