Tips of the Week
Mulch your container plants. This will actually insulate the soil and reduce your watering time. Mulch an inch to two inches with a small aggregate mulch and avoid getting it on the stems of the plant. Create a tiny berm around the stem to hold in water but leave the stem open.
Cut back fall-blooming and spring-blooming perennials.
Deadhead spent flower blooms to encourage more blooms and healthy plants. Foliar feed with liquid seaweed or apply a drench.
Put out shallow trays or bowls of water to attract toads. In return, they will chomp down on garden pests.
If you have hummingbird feeders, remember to clean them every 2-3 days and re-fill. Make your own solution with 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. You can store your extra solution in the refrigerator.
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Question of the Week
How often do I need to water new plants?
Sherry Cordry and Paul Mair
Mae's Shade Plants