Tips & Tools
Set your lawn mower blade height to 4” to keep out weeds without using chemicals. The higher blade height of the grass blocks the sunlight and shades out the weeds.
Plain ordinary pliers available at any hardware or dollar store are great for grabbing onto and removing stubborn weeds.
Not sure how much mulch you need? Measure the area and multiply the length x width. One cubic yard of mulch is needed to cover each 100 square foot area 3 inches deep - the recommended depth for landscape beds. (For example, a bed 24 feet long x 4 feet deep = 96 square feet. One cubic yard would cover the area just fine.)
Observe your plants throughout the year for any changes. Areas that are dying or change color can signify an insect or disease. Early detection saves money and gives the plant a greater chance of recovery.
Crush a dozen eggshells into the planting hole when growing tomatoes and cucumbers. The added calcium will keep your tomatoes healthier and add extra crunch to your cucumbers.
Keep your gardening tools clean and sharp. Well-maintained tools will not only make your job easier, it will keep plants healthy by making nice, clean cuts that will heal faster and prevent the spread of disease.
Make a “tree skirt” from a tarp to make picking up pruning debris easier. Make a cut halfway through the tarp at the center and place it around and under the shrub. The trimmings will fall onto the tarp making it simple to clean up and dispose of.
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"You can live a perfectly normal life if you accept the fact that your life will never be perfectly normal."
- Randy Glasbergen
"I expect to pass through life but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show or any good thing I can do any fellow being, let me do it now and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again."
- William Penn (1644-1718)
"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself"
- George Bernard Shaw
"If the world were a logical place, men would ride side saddle."
- Rita Mae Brown
“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
“Gardening drains my wallet, pains my back, blisters my hands and replenishes my soul.” “
"Gardening is the slowest of the performing arts.”
- Mac Griswold,
Writer and Garden historian,
NY Times/Houghton Mifflin
"From the smallest seeds to the tallest trees, from the most dreaded weed to the most coveted flower, I can not think of a better way to spend my time than in the garden.”
“Walking in the garden is always fulfilling because it is so easy to tell what you have accomplished.”