Five Things to Do in Your Flower Garden In July

1. Water and fertilize containers as needed. Test the soil moisture in containers and hanging baskets, lift the container. If it needs water, it will be light to lift, if it doesn’t, it will be heavier. If you have used a slow release fertilizer like Miracle Gro’s Shake n’ Feed, you won’t have to fertilize for up to 4 months.  TIP: Don’t forget to make arrangements to have them looked after if you are planning to go on vacation.

How to Water Your Garden Correctly

Do you know how to water your garden correctly? Many gardeners put too much water on their gardens and too often. This can quickly lead to poor plant growth, damage from pests like slugs and snails, and diseases like powdery mildew and root rot. Our gardens do need water to replace the water they have lost through "Evapotranspiration". Evapotranspiration is a combination of evaporation, (the water lost from the soil) and transpiration (the water lost by the plants leaves).  Sunlight, wind, humidity, temperature, plant and soil type all influence the rate of evapotranspiration (ET).

Got Groundhogs in Your Garden? Here Are Some Tips To Help

Groundhogs are the largest member of family Sciuridae, or ground squirrels and are best known for their ability (or lack thereof) to forecast the arrival of spring every year on Groundhog day. Groundhogs are mainly herbivores, but they will also eat slugs, snails, grubs and other insects. They are commonly seen in open grassy areas, but they originally lived along the edges of forests. They have adapted well to urban life and they can still quickly climb up a tree if needed (something I have yet to witness, but it’s on my nature bucket list!). Groundhogs are great burrowers.

Mushrooms in Your Lawn

You might love mushrooms on your pizza, but not popping up in your lawn. Are mushrooms in your lawn something to worry about, or just a unsightly nuisance? Let's take a closer look at mushrooms.... Mushrooms are the fruiting part of some fungi, and fungi are extremely important in our gardens. We tend to focus on the types of fungi that cause problems and disease, but many other types of fungi are essential in in garden health  through organic matter decomposition, feeding and protecting plants.

Five Reasons Why You Should NEVER Garden

Here are some reasons why you should never garden, despite the fact that it is a "growing" trend.

1. Gardening will make you go outside.

Although it is possible to grow plants indoors, the majority of gardening activities require you to go outside. You will have to get off the couch and go outside where you will be exposed to such things as sunshine and fresh air. To top it off, you will get some exercise and may not even realize it.


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