Everyone wants their yards to look their best, have lush and beautiful plants year-round. Summertime, though, seems to make us all wilt, plants and people alike. But, even though it’s hot and humid this month, your plants can thrive and stay healthy by understanding a few basics: what is plant heat stress, how do you know your plant is stressed, and what do you do when your plants have been affected?
Each year as the monsoon season descends upon us, we see too many trees uprooted and ruined by poor preparation. With the proper planning and practices, this can all be avoided. Take time to inspect and make certain of the following preventive measures.
Use of container and raised bed gardens is a practical and ever popular choice with many homeowners. Integrated around your outdoor living areas, they add warmth and character to areas that could otherwise be hard and uninviting. Also, backyards are now typically smaller than years ago; therefore, containers can make an excellent patio garden. They'll add greenery, architectural interest and structure to the patio and around the yard. Container gardens also lend themselves to the renter, as well as the homeowner. Raised bed gardens also add architectural interest and structure to an area and they can also be a practical solution for gardeners with limited mobility.
The holiday season brings a flurry of preparatory activity in the home to give it that extra pizzazz for this special time of year: clutter gets cleaned up, the holiday decorations are set out, centerpieces and tablecloths are changed, garland swags and wreaths are hung.
October marks the beginning of the fall gardening season. Everything in your garden will need some attention, and flower and vegetable gardens will be started.
Many of us move to the Valley of Sun from other places and don't understand how the desert climate changes the way we plant vegetables and flowers. Plants that grew back home may not grow here, so follows are some helpful tips to make gardening easier.
The most sought after segment of an outside living area in Arizona is shade.
Arid or xeriscape landscape does not have to be hot, boring, sparsely planted or just gravel covered areas that look bleak. We call these designs water-wise.
As people spend more time in their yards the following tips should help with gardening, landscaping and more this spring and summer:
If you have hard, salty ground that most everyone in the Valley has, start with First Step Soil Acidifier to lower pH and open up and soften the soil. Add a product called Great Big Plants. Mix 3 to 4 ounces per gallon of water to get the microbial (good bugs) count up in the soil so they can process the nutrients. This is an organic fertilizer that contains a microbial culture. The amount of nutrients in it is sufficient for several weeks. Then be sure you make an early application of phosphorus and potassium. You need phosphorous for flowering on anything that blooms, like peas. Use 6-20-20 to boost flowering. Green leafy vegetables and root vegetables, such as carrots and beets, need higher nitrogen fertilizer, such as 16-8-8 or 15-15-15, which are medium release and last for one to two months. The rate is about 3/4 pounds per 100 square feet.
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