Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas

      I wonder what is was like to be the ultimate of all knowing consciousness, the supreme power of the Universe and beyond, to speak everything and anything into existence, totally lacking in nothing...and then to set that all aside for you and me and become the most helpless of all life on Earth...a baby, a human baby...
      If He had a need His only recourse was to cry...His only protection, two flawed human beings...
What a gift! What an incomprehensible act of love!


Blessings to you and yours this Christmas Day.

The Niemeyers


Friday, December 22, 2017

Time to stop watering the Christmas Tree:

      You've been faithful keeping the tree hydrated, almost fanatical about it. Well, it's time to put away the watering jug and divert your attention to family and friends again before the season totally passes you by.
      Why, you may ask? Remember last year! You were so worried about the tree drying out that you watered right up to the day before you were to take it down...what a mess that was.

If you were faithful in keeping the bowl filled you can stop now. When you start the take down of Christmas process, the bowl will be empty, allowing you to  lay the tree on its side to remove the stand. This is so much easier than trying to lift it up out of the stand and dripping your way to the door.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Salt on the Walkable Areas

            “Salt of the earth”. An endearing statement conveying to others the helpful demeanor of someone respected; a life wortadsh knowing.

            “Salt on the pathway.” A sometimes necessary practice to help others when traversing your sidewalk and driveway. “Grandma almost slipped and fell, go put some salt down ,on the walkway.”
            It has always been risky business, this throwing salt down on the walks and driveway; of course, it's riskier walking on the ice with no salt. But from a purely horticultural stand point, salt is deadly to plant life. But if some care and common sense is applied, both Grandma and your plant life can be spared a nasty outcome. No one wants a pile of grammas at the bottom of the steps.



             Only put down what is needed, the walkways do not need to be totally covered with an inch of salt. If you are thinking that’s what is needed to do an effective job, then putting sand down would suffice.

            If you have salted the walk, and the snow has fallen to a shovelable depth, try and shovel it into areas where there are no plants. I’m not saying you’ve got to lug it a country mile, just try and pile it up in between the plants if you can. If that’s not possible then fling the snow out into the yard; get that first shoveling, where the salt lays most concentrated, to spread out over a larger surface.

            The big thing is  not to go wild with it; put it only where it is needed, and only when it is needed. Teenagers are agile, and if they fall they heal quickly (just kidding), yes, they may need some traction too. But not as much as we old frogs who could snap a hip just getting our coat on before starting the perilous journey to the car.

 




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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Coffe For Your Rhodos?

            Undoubtedly there will be a lot of coffee served up in the next few days, that means there will be a lot of grounds thrown away; and if your trash pick isn’t until Friday… well let’s just say we hope it says real cold outside.

            There is another use for those coffee dregs; your acid loving plants would love to see you put them around their feet.

            Three things happen when coffee grounds are laid in under your Rhodos, Azaleas, Holly, Boxwoods, and Yews; it mulches them, becoming an insulator from the quick freezing and thawing of the soil they are in. It lowers the acidity of the soil, which is always a plus when planted in areas typically higher in Ph, and it’s a food source.

            Keep the depth of pure coffee grounds under two inch, and a couple inches away from the plant’s trunk. The effective benefit range out from the center of the shrub is the width of the bush itself; roots don’t go out much past the leaf canopy of itself.

            So as to not appear odd at the family Christmas get together don’t announce out loud that you would like the coffee grounds, just tell them you’d like to help clean up; then sneak them into the casserole dish you brought. If questioned at the door as to the aroma that is trailing behind you, just bolt for the car.



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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

House Plants

            During the winter months the low humidity levels can be a problem for your indoor “tropical” plants. Yes they are tropical; they don’t call them “house plants” because they like to live in the house. They are “house plants” because they can’t live outside in our neck of the woods during this time of year. To test this hypothesis don your favorite beach wear and flip-flops and go stand outside for an afternoon. Not only will you start looking like someone from Avatar, but you’ll be eager to get back in the house.

            The humidity in our homes can take on all the characteristics of the Sahara in July when the furnace is running. How can that be, you just heard the weather guy say that the humidity outside was 78%; that sounds rather high. But 78% percent humidity in 20 degree temperatures will not remain 78% humidity when warmed up to 70 degrees in your house; it will drop to around 20 to 30%, which if you were a horn toad would make you feel right at home.


            How does this happen? The cold humid air of outside comes in every time you open the door or window, where the furnace warms it up and it expands. The water molecules that were close together, making it 78% humidity in the cold air, are now farther apart and the farther apart they are, the drier the air becomes.

           This is why you see people misting their leaves from time to time; they are actually simulating a jungle environment. One other humidity raising thing you could do is to set your plants on gravel or pebble trays filled with water. The pebbles keep the pot out of the water, but the evaporation of the water up into the plants creates an environment that is more humid.

            Just because it’s warm inside your house doesn’t make it a Tarzan and Cheetah rich environment for your indoor plants. Tarzan didn’t trek back to Jane through the burning sands of the desert; he swung home through the humid jungle on vines.

 

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Squirrels on the Feeder

            Looks harmless doesn’t he.

            But he will decimate the contents of your feeder quicker than you can say Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale (bet you didn’t know that was Natasha’s last name did you. I’d also dare say you thought she and Boris were married didn’t you?).

            Squirrels are enviable. In the city they have no predators but the family automobile. They roam free throughout the backyards of your neighborhoods looking for nut and acorn trees, spring bulbs, and the free handouts represented in your bird feeders.

            Unlike the birds they don’t mind their friends sharing in your bounty. Sometimes there can be as many as eight to ten of these moochers scarfing up what the winged slobs above them have tossed out.

            This would be fine but squirrels become discontent with their daily allotment from on high. After a while they become bored with being the vacuum cleaners around the base of the feeder; they begin to look up… and this is where it starts to go very bad.


            At this time I would like to direct you to the article I did on this subject in greater detail. In it I talk about the different ways you can measure the intelligence of the squirrels in your neighborhood, and the different devise to control them. Go to www.NiemeyerLandscaping.com and click on the YouTube Enhanced Garden Articles tab; Scroll down to the article titled Squirrels.

 



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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Mieces, Mices and Your Young Trees

           We hate Mieces to Pieces: at lease that’s what we who are in our fifties were told to do on Saturday mornings. Well, the new trees you planted this year, and last, are hoping you remember that little PC incorrect line; for they aren’t too keen on being a rodent snack this winter.

           Trees about one inch diameter become culinary “ports in the storm” when the snow gets deep enough to hinder Mickey and his ilk from foraging. They will nestle up next to your fine $70.00 specimen and snack on it all winter if need be; it might not be their meal of choice, but it’s a meal.

            Your best defense against these little backyard Disney characters, and their ugly tailless step-cousins the Voles, are tree trunk raps. Be they plastic, or be they tar paper brown, a good rap job will either keep them busy trying to gnaw through the plastic or get a mouth full of tar. Either way your landscape investment is safe.

            What about my 2 inch or bigger trees?

            As the tree trunk gets bigger the bark gets thicker; and as the bark gets thicker the effort it takes to get to the edible part gets greater. You can tell the severity of the winter by the size of the trees nibbled on.

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