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Desired pH Levels for your Garden Plants

Desired pH Levels for your Garden Plants. Vegetable crops and their pH preferences pH 4.5 to 5.5 Radish Sweet Potato pH 4.8 to 5.5 Potato pH 5.5 to 6.5 Endive Parsley Pepper Rhubarb Soybean pH 5.5 to 7.0 Beans Broccoli…

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Temperature, Germination & When to Seed Plants

Temperature_Germination chart When to Seed reference chart These charts are only to give an idea of when to plant.  It’s important to consider your climate.  Theses references are good for mid US. Temperature & Germination Crop Minimum Percent Germination Days to…

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Caring for Houseplants During the Winter Months

Caring for houseplants during the winter months. A few adjustments can ease the stress on your houseplants.  If possible, move your plants to gain the most sun exposure.  Avoid placing them too close to heating vents.  Don’t place them too…

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Turf disease

Our current weather pattern has exacerbated turf diseases such as brown patch, dollar spot, etc. Fungicides are available to manage the diseases.   These pictures taken June 13th, 2014.  Louisville, TN See lawn page for tips on proper lawn care. Visit…

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Pesticide Definitions.

Some pesticide definitions. With a few sample products. –Cide: “denoting a substance that kills.” The Oxford American College Dictionary, through Google.com Pesticide “a substance used for destroying insects or other organisms harmful to cultivated plants or to animals.” The Oxford…

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Turf grass disease

Once again turf grass disease is an issue this year here in the transition zone of eastern TN.  It’s definitely ubiquitous here in the Knoxville area.  Would suspect it’s an issue elsewhere as well.   I treated multiple times last year for brown patch.  Unfortunately…

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Blow or Mulch your leaves

Often times I am asked what is the best method to remove leaves from your lawn. This can be somewhat subjective. If you have the means you may hire a lawn service to manage your leaves and not have to…

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Benefits of Organic Mulch

Benefits of Organic Mulch.  A fresh layer of mulch sure looks nice.  It also has several benefits.  First and obvious is the aesthetics.  Which is what most people are after when spreading new mulch.  Lets look at what else it can…

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Mole abatement

Mole abatement. If your experiencing problems with moles you have a couple options to eradicate them.   Merit insecticide, Talpirid mole bait, or trapping. Moles can do a lot of damage to a lawn in a short period of time.  First…

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Lawn Aeration and Overseeding

Aeration and Overseeding Core aeration has several benefits.  Breaking up compacted soil helps your turf acquire water and nutrients more efficiently.  Basically getting the fertilizer and water to the roots.  Increases water absorption.  Helps with run off, therefore using less…

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