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July 25, 2011 Horticulture Column


What a beautiful weekend.  How many of you attended the Relay for Life garden tour on Thursday.  It was a beautiful evening and the yards were exquisite.  There was a yard for everyone.  I talked about one yard where a young lady decorated an area with a yellow garden hose.  She had an aged picket fence and had the garden hose displayed in the corner of her landscaped garden.  It was quite unique in the fact that this something that we all have but she used it as eye catcher for the rest of the garden.  The yellow really showed it’s color.  It is quite interesting to walk through the various yards.  The best part of the whole garden tour is that what one landscaper likes can and will be completely different than yours.  This is what makes landscaping so unique.  I also had to stop by my in-laws place (Steve and Gerri’s home).  We soon got into a discussion of why was there yard (grass) turning yellow.  They had sprayed their yard for weeds and the day was a little warm.  It did set the grass back or turned it yellow.  Grass is very tough but can still be affected by a heavier application of any herbicide.  The grass should be o.k. but will look tough for a while.  The other thing I suggested is to mow the lawn 3 inches tall for a while which will help the grass fight through and weather conditions that might affect our grasses.


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