Plant Care for August

There are a few things that you can do in August to help ensure that you will have healthy plants for next spring and a bountiful garden in the fall:

  • Water your garden at least an inch per week
  • Plant your fall garden: carrots, beets, broccoli, cabbages, etc.
  • Fertilize your strawberries, and water them thoroughly so that the fertilizer is washed off the plant

Flowers will benefit from removing all the dead foliage from the plant.  When the plant has dead parts it is still expending energy on that part.  So by removing this area you are helping the plant remain efficient with its energy.

If you have not fertilized your plants this summer now is a good time to complete this task.  You can also divide your daylilies, hostas, and irises right now to prepare for next spring.  When you divide and fertilize your plants be sure to water them more so than usual.  They will need this additional water for their health.

Good luck with your Gardening and as always we to see your pictures!

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How Much To Water Your Plants

You might be asking yourself this very question; during the hot summer season.  It is important that you know how much and when to water your plants.  We are going to give you a few tips so that you will keep your plants happy and watered.

First, make sure that you water your plants every day in this heat!  You might need to water your plants several times throughout the day depending on the sun exposure and moisture in the air.  If your plants are in a pot that does not have holes in the bottom, be sure that you do not over water them.  If your pot does have holes in the bottom, then give your plants a thorough soaking – you are not at risk of overwatering your plants.

We hope that this post helped you with your watering questions and feel free to post questions!  Don’t forget to check out our website at www.TaylorFamilyCompanies.com and friend us on Facebook!

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Lantana

     This beautiful flower does well in the south and this is why you see it so often.  It is ornamental and comes in a variety of colors: yellow, orange, white, pink and red (different mixtures of these as well).

Lantana can get as big as you let it; so if you have a large space with a few years it can be filled with this wonderful addition to your garden.  Lantana needs sun to partial shade and blooms from summer to fall.  If you have it in a container you can bring it indoor during the winter and enjoy its blooms year round.    Be careful of the stems, because they are poisonous if ingested by people and animals.

Lantana is easy to maintain.  It doesn’t need much water once the plant is established.  Fertilizer is always helpful when growing plants, but do not over-fertilize (refer to our “Can I Fertilize My Plants Too Much” article on our blog).

Good Luck with your gardening and as always we would love to see your pictures of your existing lantanas or your newly planted ones!  We can post them on our blog for everyone to enjoy!

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Knockout Roses

Roses are among the most beautiful flowers in the world.  For this reason, there have been many different types and hybrids developed.  It is amazing how far the rose has come and it is exciting to think of the future advancements!

So what is a knockout rose?  A knockout rose is a hybrid that was developed and first sold commercially in 2000.  There are seven different types of knockout roses, but with the same benefits.  Some of which are: they do not need to be dead headed, they are very disease resistant, they bloom frequently, and they do not need special maintenance.   Knockout Roses need sun and water, but do well in the South Summer.

These are wonderful additions to any garden!  Good luck with your gardening and we hope you found this helpful!

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The Importance of Regular Lawn Mowing The Lawn

                Mowing the lawn is a very important part of proper yard care.  There are a host of benefits that are associated with mowing the lawn that make it well worth it in the end.

Mowing the lawn serves a two-fold purpose.  First, the cosmetic benefits can be noticed immediately. A properly cut lawn is something that is very pleasant to behold. Mowing the lawn on a regular basis helps keep the grass short, neat and even.  This also gives your lawn a very well manicured and orderly appearance. Many people consider it to be a matter of pride when it comes to the way that their yard looks; so tending to it in this fashion brings satisfaction.

The other benefits that come with mowing the lawn on a regular basis may not be as immediately obvious, but they are just as important.  Mowing the lawn helps keep your lawn healthy and eliminate some of the pests from the grass at the same time. It also can ensure that various pieces of debris are picked up and are cleared every week; so that nothing really accumulates on the grass.

                The first health benefit that is achieved is the way that the grass grows. In a yard, resources are absorbed by the grass and used to grow.  By slicing the growth down to a short and uniform level on a regular basis, all of the growth gets an equal distribution of resources.  Due to this fact, mowing on a regular basis will allow the lawn to remain consistent in nature, because all of the resources that are gained from the sun and water are spread out evenly throughout the yard. Consistency is important to both health and appearance, so making sure that resources are evenly distributed is very important.

The next health benefit comes with the concept of reinforcement and improvement over time. When the grass is cut, the hardiest and the healthiest shoots are the ones that do the best.  With every cut, the best shoots will proliferate making the grass much more visible in nature overall.
The last health benefit is that the fallen shoots of grass will help to fertilize the lawn. Even if a person is bagging when they are going through the process, some of the extra debris from the act will be returned to the earth.  This plant matter composts quickly and revitalizes the soil underneath it. In this way, mowing helps to keep everything fresh and green!

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Can I Fertilize My Plants Too Much?

We all know that we need to fertilize our plants to make them healthier and so that they will bloom and flourish more.  However, is there such a thing as over fertilization?

The answer is yes you can definitely over fertilize your plants.  Do not let this fact deter you from fertilizing all together though.  There are a few things you can do to ensure that you do not have this happen to your plant.

  • Know that more fertilizer does not equal a healthier plant
  • Check the bag of fertilizer and see how much it recommends for your plant
  • Get a measuring cup specifically for your bag of fertilizer and then use it as a scooper/measuring cup
  • Pull back the mulch from around your plant so you can see how much fertilizer is going around the root base (it may not seem like you are fertilizing as much as you actually are)

These simple steps will help to ensure you have happy and healthy plants.  Make sure to water the fertilizer in when you are finished and then wait a couple of weeks and enjoy the side effects of your hard work!

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How is an Endless Summer Hydrangea different from other Hydrangeas?

In the South, hydrangeas are prevalent and beautiful.  There is nothing better than seeing a grouping of older hydrangeas that are covered in blooms.  When referring to these older hydrangeas I am not specifying a type, because there are several.   With that being said the new endless summer hydrangea is a revolution to people who love to see the blooms on hydrangeas.

All other types of hydrangeas, other than the endless summer, can only bloom on new wood; meaning they can only bloom once.  Endless Summer Hydrangeas are a hybrid which can bloom on new and old wood.  This is exciting, because you can have more blooms on your hydrangea.  So you can enjoy the glorious blooms on yours and your neighbor’s hydrangeas for longer.

These plants are extremely low maintenance.  Make sure that you pick a good spot for your endless summer hydrangea.  It prefers morning sun and afternoons shade.  It is better not to prune them unless it is overgrown.  This is to ensure that you do not accidentally cut off future blooms.

Good luck with your gardening and we would love to see pictures of your hydrangeas!   We will post the best ones on Ready to Mow’s Facebook page.

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