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Posted by on Mar 20, 2012 | 0 comments

Five Gardening Jobs for Early Spring

Five Gardening Jobs for Early Spring

DIY Del Ray once again welcomes Eileen Powell, professional landscaper and garden consultant and author of The Gardener’s A-Z Guide to Growing Flowers from Seed to Bloom. Eileen has the following tips to ready your garden for spring and help make it look beautiful all season long. It can be tricky figuring out the timing for some of the spring gardening jobs, especially in a year like this when spring arrived in February. One of the indicators you can use is the forsythia flowers. As soon as you see the first yellow buds opening, it’s time to get these jobs done. 1. Spruce Up Your Lawn If you are prone to weeds, apply an organic gluten-based weed killer to the lawn. But, contrary to what Scott’s would tell you, spring is not the best time to feed lawns – that’s a job for the fall. Spring-fed lawns grow thick and lush and look terrific for a few weeks…until the first shock of heat and drought turns it sad, limp...

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Posted by on Nov 10, 2011 | 2 comments

Gardening Tips for Winter Color and Spring Blossoms

Gardening Tips for Winter Color and Spring Blossoms

Last month I sat down with Eileen Powell, a local gardening guru, and learned all about interesting and unique plants for early fall. Now that it’s getting colder and closer to winter, I wanted to get some more seasonal tips from Eileen. Here’s what I learned: What to Plant Bulbs — Tis’ the season for planting spring bulbs. You have to be careful though, squirrels love the taste of crocus and tulip bulbs, so watch out for your investment. Keep squirrels away by spraying bulbs with Ropel animal repellant before planting. When choosing bulbs, think about the color of the flowers and what will bloom alongside them. Purple usually goes with everything in the garden. Pansies — With the temps steadily below 70 these days, pansies are ready to go into the ground. Shrubs, Trees and Perennials — You can still plant these now, but make sure to mulch well to protect the roots and keep plants warm. Swiss Chard — For your vegetable garden, this will last a good part of the...

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Posted by on Sep 14, 2011 | 1 comment

Secrets for a Successful Fall Garden

Secrets for a Successful Fall Garden

After a long hot summer, I’m so glad I can open the windows, get some fresh air, and enjoy the outdoors. But my garden (all 18 square feet of it) is looking pretty pathetic — a mishmash of overzealous weeds and exhausted annuals that battled each other and the summer’s extreme heat and moisture. The weeds won. Now it’s time to clear out the sad and droopy plants and add some vibrant fall color. My plant knowledge is pretty limited. In terms of fall plants, I know about the old standbys — Mums and Pansies. But I’m really interested in trying something new. So I sat down with my neighbor Eileen Powell, professional landscaper and garden consultant and author of The Gardener’s A-Z Guide to Growing Flowers from Seed to Bloom. Eileen gave me some great advice on what to plant, when to plant, and how to keep your plants happy. (And, by the way, her book is pretty great too — available on Amazon.com, it’s a very handy...

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