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And organic fertilizers, such as blood meal. For modern hybrids, fertilize once in the spring and again in the fall. For maximum performance, fertilize every month using predominantly nitrogen fertilizers. indb 14 8/1/11 3:09:41 PM Soils 101 for the Garden The best gardeners acknowledge that construction, a thin layer of “topsoil” is cessful gardening. It can make or break the compacted soil to smooth out the soil is the biggest limiting factor in sucnot only your garden but your garden spirit.

This disease spreads rapidly when temperatures are above 80°F and humidity is high. Splashing water does not spread prune roses. For modern hybrid roses, before spring growth begins (about February 14 for much of the state). The goal is to prune each bush back to a height of 18 to 24 inches, having only four to six main stems (canes), each facing outward in a different direction so they form a vase shape. Visualize creating an umbrella turned inside out. Old-fashioned and old-style shrub this disease.

Indb 18 you are willing to pay the high price of your yard. You most likely have sandy or clayey soil with which to contend. Now you must amend that texture to build a productive garden soil for vegetable gardens, flower beds, and shrub plantings. With regard to soil pH, you are better off simply living with what you have naturally. Changing the pH is difficult, especially if the soil is alkaline. The best strategy is to choose plants that can thrive and survive in the pH of your soils. For example, if you have acidic soil (low pH), you may choose American holly, azaleas, camellias, dogwood, eastern redbud, gardenias, hostas, loblolly pine, and southern magnolia.

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