Caring for roses
To keep your roses blooming, keep them well watered and fertilized. An organic fertilizer, such as manure or peat moss, provides not only nutrients, but also aeration (air-AY-shun) and drainage.
Common lawn problems
Common lawn problems include insects, diseases, and weeds. Particular insects to beware of are cinch bugs, lawn moths, and grubs. These insects feed on grass blades or roots, which can damage and even kill the grass.
Establishing a new lawn
The best time to plant grass is in the late summer or early fall when the soil and climate are generally warm, the nights are cool, and rainfall is adequate.
Feeding and watering
Most lawns need about three or four applications of fertilizer per year. In general, warm-season grasses should be fed two to four weeks after the last freeze in the spring.
Fruit trees
Before planting fruit trees, you should first determine which types are best-suited for your area, and then which varieties of those types you want to plant.
Gardening tips
Here are several suggestions for successful gardening. First, find out what type of soil you have and what it needs to keep it rich and fertile. Peat moss and manure are excellent at keeping moisture and nutrients in the soil.
Lawn fertilizer
Fertilizer is an important part of keeping your lawn healthy. The type of fertilizer you use is based upon your soil type. The basic fertilizers have three numbers on their label that describe their chemical makeup.
Shrubs
Shrubs are an excellent way to accent or completely transform your landscape. The two main types of shrubs are deciduous and evergreen. Deciduous shrubs lose their leaves every fall while evergreens keep their leaves year-round.
Soil preparation
There are four main types of soil: clays, silts, sands, and loam. Loam is actually a blend of the first three types, in approximately equal percentages, and usually contains organic matter as well.
Sprinklers
There are many types of sprinklers available for watering lawns. You should choose equipment that is best suited to distribute water uniformly and efficiently over your yard, with little run-off and evaporation in the area you wish to water.
Weed control
A weed is any plant that grows where it is not wanted. It is best to try to control weed growth in the spring and early summer, before they have a chance to develop deep, complex root systems or go to seed and reproduce.
When to plant bulbs
The best time to plant bulbs depends on both the type of bulb and the region of the country in which you are planting. The two main types are spring-flowering bulbs and summer to fall flowering bulbs.


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