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Lawn Establishment

There are four aspects of turfgrass establishment: selecting a turfgrass that is adapted for that particular area; preparing the soil for planting; planting, which may include seeding, sodding,...

Fertilizing Lawns

Essential Elements All plants require certain chemical elements for proper growth and appearance. Of these at least 17 are known to be essential elements. Table 1 lists the 17 known elements and the...

Scaevola or Fan Flower

Fan flower (Scaevola aemula) is an excellent summer annual to grow in hanging baskets, window boxes, containers, or as a bedding plant. Native to Australia, scaevola have become popular in the...

Hosta

Hostas are easy-to-grow, shade-tolerant perennials grown mainly for their beautiful foliage. Height/Spread The size of hostas varies greatly. The largest measures 4 feet in height with 20-inch-long...

Controlling Thatch in Lawns

What is Thatch? Thatch is a dense, spongy collection of living and dead grass stems and roots lying between the soil surface and green grass leaves in established lawns. As a grass plant grows, the...

Measuring the Area of a Home Lawn

One of the most crucial steps any homeowner can take to properly manage their lawn is to measure its area. The proper application of fertilizer, lime and pesticides is based on knowing how much is...

Cleome or Spider Flower

An easily grown annual native to South America, cleome (Cleome hassleriana synonym C. pungens, C. spinosa) is a favorite in Southern gardens. The delicate pink, rose, purple, white, or bicolor...

Native Pollinators

Around 40% of the flowering plants in North America require insect pollination for reproduction, though at the mention of the word “pollinator”, most people probably picture the European honey bee...

Melampodium or Butter Daisy

Melampodium or Butter Daisy (Melampodium divaricatum; synonym M. paludosum) is a reliable, low maintenance summer annual. This member of the aster family originated in the tropical regions of...

Impatiens

Impatiens have traditionally been one of the most popular bedding plants in the United States because of their beauty and ease to grow. Few annuals that grow in shade provide the range or intensity...

Straw Bale Gardening

Although straw bale gardening is an ancient practice, it has become a trending gardening technique in the last several years. Straw bale gardens are inexpensive to set up and suited for locations...

Raised Beds

Not every landscape is suitable for in-ground gardens. If this is the case, raised beds are an option. For less than ideal garden locations, raised beds provide a tremendous amount of flexibility....

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