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Tips To Prepare For Memorial Day

Many gardeners consider Memorial Day to be the official start of the warm weather garden season.   The reality is that most of you have put your warm weather plants outside already.

Here are some things to keep in mind as you get ready for the unofficial kick-off of summer.

1. Weed, weed and weed some more.  This is the time of year that gardens really need to have their weeds managed. 

2. Check irrigation systems.  It's better to water less often and deeper than every few days.

3. Plant Basil, peppers, okra, zucchini and other warm weather vegetables.

4. Pinch back your pansies to encourage new growth.

5. Remove dandelions from the lawn by hand.   Use a weed tool to get the entire root.   Not using chemicals is a good way to begin an organic lawn care program.

6. Use buckwheat hull mulch in smaller gardens.   This is a nice way to give gardens a unique look.

7. Water hanging baskets when they dry out.  Terra cotta pots tend to dry out much faster than plastic.

8. If you have had trouble with fungus and mildew on plants treat them now, before the problem gets out of hand.


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