Fall Planting

Most people donít think of Fall as a time for planting new landscaping and garden plants. To most, it’s time to put garden ventures to sleep until Spring. While it may not seem so, Fall planting of trees, shrubs, Perennials, bulbs, and cool weather grasses like Fescue is a very good idea.

Roots of newly planted plants and trees can continue to grow and become established in temperatures as low as 40 degrees. And since the roots don’t have to supply the rest of the plant with energy to grow, more energy is focused on root production. Come Springtime, because of an established root system, plants shoot out of the ground with plenty of energy for top growth.

Soil Temperature

Planting in the fall, soil temperatures are still warm from a long Summer. The warmer soil temperature encourages root growth.

In the Spring, the soil is still cool from the Winter and roots are very slow to become established. Even if you grow plants from seed indoors and transplant outside when the temperature warms, new sprouts still don’t have the advantage of Fall planted plants.

When Exactly Is Fall?

The Fall season officially begins with the equinox in late September. However, Fall weather varies considerably from one part of the country to the next. Basically, the best period for fall planting is around six weeks before the first hard frost in your area. You can get an idea of the average first frost date near your area from here: http://www.almanac.com/garden/frostus.php . Just keep in mind that the roots need to have time to become established before Winter sets in.

Autumn Bloomers

Fall isn’t just a time to put the garden to sleep and start getting ready for Spring. The growing season isn’t quite over yet. You can add color and new life to the garden by replacing dying Summer Annuals and Perennials with Autumn blooming plants like Pansies, Chrysanthemums, and Ornamental Cabbage and Kale, Marigolds, and others.

It’s also the time to plant spring flowering bulbs and divide Perennials.

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Green Gobbler Announces Safe, Eco-Friendly Weed Killer

vinegar weed killer
vinegar weed killer

EcoClean Solutions, Inc. has launched an eco-friendly weed killer to add to their growing line of gardening and cleaning products. 20% Vinegar Weed Killer, sold under the company’s Green Gobbler brand, is an all-natural herbicide used to control herbaceous broadleaf weeds and grasses.

Green Gobbler’s vinegar product is derived from corn grown in the United States. It does not contain phosphates, sulfates, VOCs, petroleum solvents, chlorine, fluorine, ethoxylates, dye or bleach. Most importantly, it does not contain glyphosate.

What is glyphosate?

Glyphosate is a popular herbicide used to control broadleaf weeds and grasses. It has been used since the 1970s; however, its use as a pesticide has been hotly debated.

While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stated that glyphosate can be “safely used by following label directions,” the International Agency for Research on Cancer (a part of the World Health Organization) has concluded that glyphosate may be a carcinogenic to humans.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as the EPA, continue to regularly test and review the chemical.

What makes Green Gobbler’s vinegar product a better choice as a herbicide?

20% Vinegar Weed Killer does not contain glyphosate. It is biodegradable, eco-friendly and safe to use. Green Gobbler’s product has been certified for organic use by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI). It remains highly effective against crabgrass, dandelions and other broadleaf weeds and grasses.

Currently, 20% Vinegar Weed Killer has been approved for sale in 26 states by the EPA. Matt Sternberg, COO of EcoClean Solutions, says that 20% Vinegar Weed Killer will be available for sale in the remaining 24 states and U.S. territories soon.

For more information about 20% Vinegar Weed Killer, contact EcoClean Solutions at 1-631-310-0835 or visit greengobbler.com.

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Bare Root Roses, what to look for when buying

Bare Root Roses, what to look for when buying
Bare Root Roses, what to look for when buying

The first thing to look for is the plant’s grade.

Nearly all bare root roses sold today are grown in the field and are approximately two years old. They are sold in three main grades.

Grade 1 is the best and most expensive grade. In order to obtain this grade the plants are required to have at least three strong cains, two of which must be at least 18 inches in length for hybrid teas anf grandifloras. The canes should be at least 1/8 inch in diameter.
Grade 1 1/2 is the most popular grade due to it’s lesser price. In order to obtain this grade the plants are required to have at least two strong canes which must be at least 15 inches long for hybrid teas and grandifloras. The canes should be at least 1/8 inch in diameter.
Grade 2 is the least expensive grade. These plants are only required to have two canes 12 inches or longer. These plants can be a gamble as they may be stunted.
Note: Measurements are for plants when dug from the fields. Sometimes the plant sellers will shorten the length of the canes for easier handling. The number of canes remain the same and usually the thicker the diameter the better the plant.

There are three main sources for buying roses.

Nurseries are normally more expensive but are usually the best places to buy your plants. Plants are normally kept in sawdust thereby allowing you to inspect the roots. Plants with badly damaged roots are less likely to do well and may not make it at all. Additionally, a nursery usually carries a large variety of new and old standards. Finally, a good nurseryperson can provide advice as to which plants do best in your area and climate.
Mail order suppliers are normally less expensive and usually have a greater variety of plants than your local nursery, however you can not inspect the plants before buying and they sometimes arrive damaged. Furthermore, although most mail order suppliers are reputable a few are disreputable and ship very poor quality plants. Additionally, it is hard and can be expensive to return plants that you are unhappy with.
Supermarkets are inexpensive but usually carry a limited variety of plants. Additionally the plants usually come with their roots wrapped in plastic, therefore you are unable to inspect the roots for damage. Plants can be treated roughly in supermarkets, not only by the people that stock them, but also by customers. Therefore, there is a much greater potential for damage.

Should you buy newly developed varieties or the old standards?

Which variety of plant you purchase depends on your taste and what is available for your climate.
There are hundreds of varieties of roses, however I prefer the older time proven standards. They may not come in as many color variations but they are reliable, still come in a large variety of colors and are usually more heavily scented (I like to smell the roses). My two favorites are both red. The Chrysler Imperial is a full well shaped velvety dark crimson red flower with a rich delightful fragrance which grows on a heavily flowering medium height bush. Mister Lincoln has long buds with full open dark rich red fragrant flowers with long stems and grows on a tall bush with dark glossy leaves.

Roses, if properly cared for, can last years. Therefore, in order to obtain the most enjoyment from your plants it is a good idea to do your research. Spend some time looking at types, colors, shapes and sizes. Check catalogues, the internet, check out friend’s gardens and if possible go to an arboretum or nursery. Look at and smell the roses before buying.

For more information on what to look for when buying roses see http://www.nationalrealtorsdirectory.com/planbeforebuyingrosesarticle.html
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