Tuesday, May 24, 2011
"Is it that gardeners are planting more exotic ornamental plants, effectively providing imported food to match an imported bird species?"
So speculate on that, dear gardener. Another argument for native species!
Heres the whole article.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
|Joe Pye Weed Photo Courtesy of Iowa State University|
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Superior Herbacious Perennials for the High Plains
Thursday, May 19, 2011
- Proper watering can promote a deeply rooted, healthier turf.
- Let grass species and health, soil conditions, and weather conditions dictate irrigation practices, not the number of days between waterings.
- Mow bluegrass, ryegrass, fescue and wheatgrass to a height of 2 to 3 inches. Buffalo-grass and blue grama lawns can be mowed to this height, but also do well unmowed.
- Core cultivation is essential for all lawn areas, especially those that are thatchy or subject to high traffic.
Friday, May 13, 2011
If you are one of the many of us who are torn between the childhood image of the adorable Walt Disney character of Jiminy Cricket and the not so handsome black bug sitting next to your toilet, you are not alone. I’ve suffered from trying to reconcile these two images for years now. I just can’t bring myself to harm crickets, I don’t care where they might be in my house.
Field crickets that are commonly found in homes don’t really want to be hanging out in our bathroom. But, they got lost somewhere along the way and would love to be escorted outside as they might have come in through a small crack due to bad weather or in search of food and can’t get back out. There are two main kinds commonly found to our dismay in our house that are both black and very similar but with different life cycles. Both are the genus Gryllus spp. and both sing.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
A Vanessa atalanta a.k.a. “Red Admiral”on a Purple Coneflower
Before you invest you time and money in constructing a butterfly garden it is important to know what butterflies are common to your area. Identification of your guest is very important, as each butterfly has preferences for their “Caterpillar Host Plants” and their favorite flowers for a nectar source.
Attracting butterflies then becomes relatively easy. In addition to a place for their eggs and a good source of nectar, butterflies like flowers for some of the same reasons that we do, bright colors with sweet fragrance.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
But can you have too much of a good thing? Much is being made, and justifiably so, of phosphates these days and their adverse effect on our groundwater supplies. As a result many states are adopting laws to prevent the addition of phosphates to many products for household and outdoor use.
It is very likely that one day we will see the content of our fertilizers change as a result of these laws, and hopefully the labeling of our compost products so we know what we are getting.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
For the most part, weeds in our landscape are harmless and are just an annoyance that cause us a lot of work in pulling and removing. There is one weed however that can be found in our local landscapes that requires some caution.
Myrtle Spurge (Euphorbia myrsinites) is considered a Class A noxious weed and can be found throughout the state. It must be eradicated. It is a violation of the Noxious Weed law to grow this plant.
This information produced by Jefferson County has a good summary and pictures of this weed: http://www.co.jefferson.co.us/jeffco/weed_uploads/myrtspur.pdf
As you weed this spring, keep an eye out for Myrtle Spurge in your garden. The issue with this particular weed is that is produces a milky sap that can cause burns to skin. Use gloves to pull it, don’t touch your eyes or skin and dispose of it carefully.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Vinca minor, also known as periwinkle or creeping myrtle, propagates itself by putting out runners that take root in the soil, much as a strawberry plant does. You can use these runners to create healthy starts for those bare places in your yard. They will spread more quickly in areas that receive more water, and grow well in partial sun to full shade. An extra bonus‚this perennial remains evergreen throughout the winter.