Sunday, January 23, 2011
Remember too, while cutting and cleaning around pampas grass always wear gloves, your fingers and hands will thank you.
To trim my Pampas grass I just use my electric hedge clippers and load up the mess on a tarp for a trip to the woods where it can become bird nest material.
Now is also a great time to take a walk in your yard. On grasses such as Bermuda, finding and eliminating weeds is easy. The grass should be well dormant, and anything green should be a weed. I simply walk around during this time of year and spray the weeds with Roundup. That way I am not wasting any money or putting any more chemicals on my lawn than I have too.
Even though I have been told that now might still be a little to early to be planting perrennial seeds, I couldn't resist. I sowed 72 Shasta Daisy and Black Eyed Susans yesterday in a Jiffy greenhouse.
I have never used one of these before, but found it very easy. You just add warm water the the seeding capsules, then plant your seeds and cover with the lid. I put in a northern facing window. The cover keeps the seeds evenly moist so I don't have to worry if they are getting too much or too little water.
When buying your seeds, make sure to check on whether they are supposed to be sown indoors first, which sometimes is between 8-10 weeks before last frost, which in Atlanta is April 10.
I will post pictures of both the grasses and the seeds as soon as I can.
I have twin boys too, and we came up with a little game to get the gardening done. Now, even though my soil is heavy in clay it is also full of rocks. I have decided, in my digging, that instead of buying expensive landscaping bricks, I would use all of these FREE rocks to line my garden beds. So, the boys and I went on a treasure hunt.
By now is also a great time to be planning your garden for spring.
If you don't have a good idea on which plants you want to use and what type of conditions they need to grow in, you might be tempted to buy plants in spring that really aren't right for your zone or your soil type.
I used some graph paper and a circle template to create mine. Do your research now. Look at where you want to plant, determine what type of soil and sun/shade it gets. How easy will it be for me to water this area? All these questions will eventually play a role in springtime's decisions.
I have made the mistake in the past of buying plants that might be suitable for my region, only to bring them home and have them die because I didn't have the right light conditions in my yard for them to grow or not enough time spent preparing the beds for them to grow. This resulted in money I could have spent elsewhere.
There are many books out that are pertinant to your particular region. Once you determine the plants you want, then you can begin preparing and educating yourself on what their spring/summer requirements will be.
There will be things that you will do wrong, plants will die, etc. but keep track of what you do, when you do it, and what you used. Learn from your mistakes and every year, enjoy a better and better lawn.