Saturday, March 24, 2018

FAQ: " neutralize dog urine?"

Image of a dog

Q. Would you recommend I flush the ground really well (although we've had tons of rain) or amend the soil in some way before planting to neutralize dog urine? 


A. Flushing usually works, but you could remove the top inch or so of soil in affected areas. Replace with some potting soil, mixing it in with native soil. Then plant on that. It would also be a good idea to take a soil sample to your Cooperative Extension Service for analysis.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Should I trim the green daylily leaves after planting?

Bare root daylily - Hemerocallis - plants

Q. We received our 100 yellow daylily bulbs last week and they are now planted. I have a question-should I go ahead and trim the green tops or wait a while? I want to do everything I can to encourage blooms. Thanks so much. We were thrilled that they came in such a great shape!

A. Thank you for your nice note. There's no need to trim the leaves unless there are some damaged portions to remove. Otherwise, leave them. They will help to feed the plants via photosynthesis. If leaves turn yellow or brown due to transplant shock, they can be removed. 

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

FAQ: How to maintain dark green foliage color

Q. The Liriope spicata I ordered has been growing great, however the starter plants that were a nice dark green the first growing season have become a leggy light green color.  Is there a fertilizer that you recommend to maintain the dark green color? 

A. Two things you can do:
  1. Spray over the top with a water-soluble fertilizer such as Miracle-Gro®. These will feed immediately through the foliage, as well as add nutrients to the soil. 
  2. Apply a granular or pelletized slow-release fertilizer such as Osmocote® or Nutricote® to the soil. Properly applied, they feed without the danger of foliage being burned by nitrogen.

Always follow label instructions.

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