Tuesday, July 28, 2015

They use to come.....said the moonshine mt. man

We’ll be sitting on our deck with friends and they will invariably comment on the number of hummingbirds that come to visit the feeders we have out. Some will inquire as to what they need to do to get started attracting a flock of their own; some tell of their own success in getting these little flying marvels to come visit their feeding stations. But then there are those that say “ we set out a feeder this spring, some came, but then they all must have flown north or something; haven’t seen a bird yet”.
I’ll look at my wife, and she at me, and I’ll ask; “when did you change the feeder water last?” They’ll look at us with a puzzled look on their face, “what you mean?” And that’s when we explain the way moonshine is made.

Hummingbirds need fresh, one part sugar/three parts water, nectar in the feeder. That means during normal summer temperatures you are changing it once every five to six days. But, during the heat waves we’ve been having every three to four days would be better.
Changing out the sugar water also means cleaning the feeders too; your feeder can become a Petri dish of death if you don’t.
So, if you want patrons to your culinary oasis keep your feeders fresh. Hummers are tea-totalers, not “bar-flies.”

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Blossom-end Rot on Tomatos


            Even though your tomatoes are sun-loving and call their home town Mexico; be careful that you don’t drown them by over-watering during heat waves. In doing so you can cause them to split and develop blossom end rot.

            Just be a little sparing with the H20; and hold off if you see rain in the next day’s forecast. Also mix in a little calcium under the plants; this will help in holding off the rot as well.

            Remove the sucker too; no sense letting something grow that only uses up moisture and produces zero benefits.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Edging the Sidewalk


            Edging the sidewalk…… Oh the memories…….Oh the lessons it taught us……

           

            As a kid on Hudson Street in Wyoming I remember those neighbors who not only felt the need to edge their sidewalks, but were determined to only edge them once in a life time.

            They’d get out their edging shovels a cut two Erie Canals on either side of the walkway.

This posed a great danger to those of us who were told never to ride our bikes in the street.

            We’d peddle our way down the walk to a friend’s house, always in a big rush of course, and always totally oblivious to magnetism those gullies had on our bicycle tires; and like lemmings to the sea in they’d go, and up over the handle bars we’d go.


            Now you’d think at least fifty percent of the time we’d land in the soft grass; no that was never to be, on to the concrete, yes that was our lot in life; on to the abrasive surface. It was there where we would understand the struggle between soft tissue meeting poured cement. And though we’d cheer for our soft tissue (though some thought we were crying) hoping against hope that it would be victorious, we never did put the band aids on any sidewalk bleeders.

            So, as you contemplate the sidewalk manicure let’s consider the wee ones in our neighborhoods. The gas powered or electric edgers do a nice job of cutting away the grass that would want to grow over the walks, without creating your own version of the urban Grand Canyon.

            Yes you may need to do it more often, but teenage and middle age beachgoers will appreciate your efforts as they stroll down by the water’s edge proudly sporting their unblemished knees.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Rocks, Big Rocks

Rocks, big rocks; rocks that give a different height and look to your landscaping.
Boulders are great to work with, they are natural to this area, and they look like they belong. They can give a very flat stretch of property a little height variation by creating a tapering outcrop wall with them to highlight a bush or ornamental tree. They can be used to accent smaller plants when placed behind them, or larger plants when set in front of them. They can also be used to construct retaining walls, or beautifying the rim of a pond or stream.
But what goes through my mind as I set one of these in place is that what I have it my hand has been here since time began; rocks are the only originals of Creation.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

The "hard to kill" Weeds


            Though not now, a drought can showed us the toughness of some of the weeds out there. While everything is dying, weeds like Creeping Charley (commonly called Ground Ivy) and Violets seemed to thrive. This will give you a hint as to how difficult it is to rid your lawn of these invasive weeds.

            At a loss as to what to do most folks go down to the big box store where the young pimplely faced kid suggest Weed-b-Gon, which is a good choice I might add. But what he fails to mention is that one application of this herbicide will not be enough to kill these tough herbivoreical hombres to the root. The leaves will die, but they will come back in a week or two.

            To truly kill these weeds you will have to spray it once a day for two days in a row; this will put enough weed killer into the plant to kill them to their roots. Just make sure there is no rain in the forecast during those two days.



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Friday, July 17, 2015

Pool Discharge Water


Pools are in full swing; and with temperatures heading back into the high 90’s this week they are going to draw people and like ants to a wet sucker. I would like to bring to your attention the discharge water they throw to keep themselves clean.

            Every so often the filters need to be back washed so their effectiveness remains high. This water needs to be pumped somewhere, and most times it is allowed to run out where it is convenient; and this possibly is right into a landscaped area.

            At first you may think that everything is just getting an extra drink; but an extra drink of what? Yes it is water but water with high doses of chlorine or salt in it, plant killing chlorine or salt.

            “Oh, so that’s why everything died over there”

            Getting rid of the discharge water can be a bit of a trick, and does involve some planning. Usually getting it to flow into your sewer isn’t practical due to distance, so other alteratives need to be considered. However you do it, just know that if your plants are in the line of fire they will die. Better to create a decretive stone area for it to flow into, or a hidden place it can be piped to. Or if there is no other place some of your plants may have to give up their lives for your fun and frolic; and with the heat that is coming again I believe that will be a fair trade off.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Rhododenedron Pinching

            In between moving sprinklers around you might want to pick out the seed pods on your Rhododendrons. After the flowers drop off the seed pods start to develop.

            Flower exact a lot of energy from the plant; seed pods suck up even more. By removing them now this available energy can go back into the plant, which in turn produces more branches and ultimately more flowers.

            It is a simple possess, pinch the base of the seed pod cluster with your thumb and index finger and bend to break it off. Try not to remove any of the new leaf growth if you can help it. The You Tube video below explains this very well.


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