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Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens

Sign on to water wise plants for sustainable gardens with horticulturists and authors, Lauren Springer Ogden and Scott Ogden. On tour, see how Anne Bellomy dumped lawn in favor of wildlife plants. Daphne Richards answers: "Can I put soil or compost over exposed oak tree roots to plant groundcovers?" Her pick of the week: drought-tough native Mountain Laurel. Merrideth Jiles from The Great Outdoors shows off his home garden survivors that made it through 2011's hard freeze and drought.

Originally aired April 14th, 2012 (Rebroadcast May 26th, 2012)

Plant of the Week: Mountain laurel

mountain laurel plant

Tips of the Week

  • Plant annual flower seeds like sunflowers, zinnias, cosmos, celosia, and globe amaranth.
  • Plant gourds, eggplant, peppers, summer squash, and sweet potato slips.
  • Deadhead roses.
  • Deadhead winecups to extend bloom time.
  • Fertilize citrus plants with a high nitrogen blend.
  • Divide spring-flowering bulbs that are turning brown on top.

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Question of the Week

Can I cover my oak tree roots with compost or soil to plant groundcovers?

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No Lawn Makeover with Anne Bellomy

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