Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Planting Annuals

With the coming of Memorial Day comes the starting gun shot of all things planted outdoors; and this weekend looks to be great one to do just that.

 A few tips for you as you set out to add some color in your yard.

 First, and to most this may sound like a no-brainer, but rough up all the ground with your hand cultivator and throw down some good garden fertilizer while you're doing it. You will be doing a lot of watering the first week or so and you will want the water to stay put and not run out of the bed you are trying to soak.

 Second. As you remove the plant from the cell pack rough up the root ball a little. Not too much, you don’t want to injure where the roots stop and the stem begins, but you do want to get the roots spread out some, they were living in some very cramped quarters there for a while. This will get the roots to grow out and not continue growing around and around in a tight circle before finally growing outward.

 Lastly, products like Preen will keep the weeds down until the plants have bushed out enough to starve the weeds of any sunlight. Preen, and Preen with fertilizer, kills the weed seed at the point of germination, it will not work on a actively growing weed, those you must pull.

 And finally thank a Vet for the freedoms you enjoy this and every weekend.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Don't Touch Those Yellow or Red Shrubs

           It kills me to have to do this! It just isn’t right I tell ya! Pruning a Pygmy Barberry this time of year. But it had to be done, I had no choice.

            Now is not the time to prune any bush that sports red or yellow leaves. Why? It’s the sun that turns them that color; all the leaves under them are green. Yes, they will gradually turn yellow or red, but it will take a while.

            Shrubs like Barberries, Golden Privets, Goldmound & Lemon Spireas, Cistina Sand Cherry, Java & Wine-n-Roses Weigela, Jap Lacy Leaf Maples and anything else that sports a yellow or red leaf  should be pruned in the late fall when the leaves are ready to fall off, or early spring before they leaf out. If you have to prune them now just take off a little if you can, and leave some of the color that caused you to want to buy the bush in the first place.

Monday, May 22, 2017

African Rake Snake

            There’s a predator lurking in your lawn, and it will strikes with a head throbbing vengeance when stepped on.

            The strange thing about this lawn assassin is that it is more likely to pose a problem when people are working in the yard; almost like this kind of activity lures them out into the open.

            Its teeth are formidable when on its back, yet these mandibles are not the deadliest part of its anatomy; the end, or tail, is the biggest inflictor of pain and misery.

            When lying presumably face down it becomes quite dossal, seemingly asleep. But flip it on its back and it is poised and ready to strike when some hapless wayfarer stumbles upon it.

            Most come in bright colors and assorted lengths, so you would think they could be easily spotted and avoided, but casualties unfortunately number into the thousands every year.

            Bob Larson, creator of Far Side was the first to discover and name this fused vertebraed reptile; it is known as the African Rake Snake, and it lives to plant a big knot on your forehead whenever it can.

            The best defense when coming upon one is to disarm it by flipping it on its face. Hanging it on a nail or peg in the garage seems to render it helpless as well.

            Pictured is a dramatization of what can happen; embarrassment typically follows an attack.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Picking Plants For The Landscaping

           Some things should be kept in mind as you choose landscaping plants for each side of the house. Make sure you take into consideration the trees on your property. A 15 foot Maple, in the front lawn, 25 feet from a house that is facing south will turn a full sun situation into a dense shade problem in 15 years or so; thus killing every sun loving plant you have planted.
            The mature height of the shrub is definitely something to consider. The cute little 2 foot Pyramidal Arborvitae, planted 2 feet from the house, will definitely make you more cautious the next time you plant something. This little plant, in 10 years, will be practically tearing the eaves off your house; and folks it is just starting to grow. When it is done it will have reached 30 feet with a 10-14 foot spread.
            Do your homework when choosing plants; or at least cheat and look at your neighbor’s full grown plantings. Yes, cheating is fine here, but don't make a mirror image of their design; neighboristicly that would be right up there with the Mother of the Bride and the Mother of the Groom showing up sporting the same dress.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Bird Brain Battles

The bird’s back! My son had one where he was working.

            The bird I speak of is a Robin; my son’s was a Cardinal. These deranged creatures think there is another male in the window wanting to horn in on his territory; and the “two” are literally butting heads.

            Day after day he battles himself, afraid he’s going to lose his grip on all he surveys to himself. Week after week he mounts the same attack strategy, hit em head on; hour after hour he hits his opponent with dead on accuracy; sometimes with such force that he tumbles onto the roof a little dazed. But then he gets up and starts all over again. Nothing makes the saying “Bird Brain” more alive than a living example.
            If you have, or have had, this problem you only have two solutions. The nicest one is to cover the window so it doesn’t reflect anymore. My son tried this and the dumb bird just started banging away at another window; so he covered that one……and the bird went to attaching himself at another window……and so on it went. You can keep covering up the windows, but soon your place will start looking like “that place”, you know, that one house in the neighborhood that looks to be abandoned, or at the very least unsociable. You can put a sign out front explaining that you have a “bird problem”, but I wouldn’t look for any invites to the block party anytime soon; you have become “that place” with “those people”.
            The second solution is a pellet gun. Yep, there, I said it, a pellet gun. Hate me if you must, but this creature will not give up until his nemeses is dead or gone. Well he’s not going to go anytime soon so I might have to come to his aid and help him in his cause and defeat his foe for him.

Friday, May 19, 2017


            Asparagus is native to most of Europe, northern Africa and western Asia, with historical roots going all the way back to 3000 B.C. in Egypt.

            It is truly a Spring tonic plant, the “jump starter” vegetable our body needs after the slow nutritional decline throughout the winter months.

            So what’s in these little pointy green elixir spears?

            They are a good source of vitaminB6, calcium, magnesium and zinc, and a very good source of dietary fiber, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, rutin, niacin, folic acid, iron, phosphorus, potassium, copper, manganese and selenium, as well as chromium, a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells. The amino acid asparagine gets its name from asparagus, as the asparagus plant is relatively rich in this compound.

           I don’t believe anything else needs to be said after that impressive list.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

My Peony buds have ants all over them!!

Yes! My Peony buds have ants all over them!!
Calm down, it’s OK, they’re suppose to be there. They are eating away at the sweet coating that encases them.
Some say you can blow them off, some say you must leave them alone or the flowers won’t bloom. I say why take the chance, they’ve been crawling on theses flower buds since time began; I don’t think Noah was blowing them off way back then, and here we are 2017 and we’ve still got Peony’s coming up.
But, in a few days from now you’re going to see these in bloom all over the place; you are going to smell them as you walk by, you are going to chat with the procurer of these beautiful flowers, and you’re going to want one or two of them in your yard. And this is where a little knowledge is going to come in handy, for chances are the well meaning Peony grower is going to offer you a division of theirs; he might even run and get his shovel and stomp out a little clump for you on the spot; and this is fine, it will transport in your hand with no problem. But planting it is where it can get a little tricky.
If you plant it to deep energy is spent struggling to the surface and therefore no flowers. To shallow of a planting and it has no support and keels over. You must plant it exactly as it was in the ground before it was dug up. So run back, hopeful Mr. chatty Peony person is in the house, look at what is exposed in the original bed, and run back a plant yours accordingly. And latter on don’t freak out over the ants.