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Lawn Gone for Style and Food

Go for Lawn Gone with designer and author Pam Penick’s eye-catching, water-saving options. On tour, Meredith Thomas recycled scavenged materials to trade lawn for vegetable gardens. Daphne explains how to salvage a weedy lawn around trees for new gardens. Her Pick of the Week: Tatume squash, deliciously productive and almost immune to the dreaded squash vine borer.  Andrea DeLong-Amaya from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center extends wildflower season with summer bloomers.

Originally aired April 6th, 2013

Plant of the Week: This Plant

pow tatume

Tips of the Week

  • Apply Neem oil to roses with powdery mildew or black spot.
  • Apply Neem to garden insects by contact control. Look under leaves for clusters of eggs and squish.
  • Aphids are really bad right now. Before you eradicate, look for ladybugs, their larvae or clusters of their yellow eggs to let them take care of it. Otherwise, spray them with the hose.
  • Be cautious about using any product when bees are pollinating your plants.
  • Plant tomatoes, peppers, beans, and squash.
  • Plant roses, perennials, herbs and annual seeds like sunflowers, zinnias, and cosmos.
  • Lightly mulch around perennials, leaving a berm to collect rainfall.
  • Prune evergreen shrubs to shape and encourage new growth.
  • Mow or pull weeds before they set seed. It's too late for chemical controls, as if we would suggest that!

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Question of the Week

How can I deal with weeds in dead grass around my trees?

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