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Summer Insects And Garden Pests

Summer Insects And Garden Pests

Summer insects and garden pests enjoy being outdoors in the summertime as much as we enjoy. Although most are harmless or even beneficial, there are a few that can be troublesome.

Summer Outdoor Pests

The most common summer pests in many areas are mosquitoes and the ‘social’ wasps, which include paper wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets. Mosquitoes are annoying at best put pose a number of health risks as well. Even if you live in a dry valley, standing water anywhere in your neighborhood can breed mosquitoes, which can carry the deadly West Nile virus.

Planting In June

Planting In June

Planting In June – There are plenty of flowers, plants and shrubs that are best planted in June. Summer blossoms and greenery offer gardeners a generous grace period to ensure that your yard is looking lovely for those summer barbecues or during the prime home selling season.

Keep in mind that gardening is a year-round endeavor and, just like dating or job hunting, timing really is everything. Many gardening dates are pretty arbitrary – such as those avid gardeners who swear sweet peas have to be sown before Valentine’s Day or others who think Memorial Day Weekend is the cutoff for summer planting. June isn’t too late to consider these gorgeous additions to your yard or garden, all of which are perfectly suited for the summer heat.

Plant Feeding

Plant Feeding

All plants, indoors and out, need a plant feeding – an adequate supply of nitrogen, phosphates and potash together with small amounts of trace elements. Only then will they be capable of producing healthy growth with full-sized flowers and leaves.

When plant feeding in the garden, it is usual to apply fertilizers to top up the soil’s natural resources, but even in their absence the plant can continue to draw on the soil’s supply of nutrients by sending out new roots. Indoors the position is quite different.

Shade Trees

Shade Trees

Shade trees are definitely among the essential plants that many homeowners prefer to have around their home for varied reasons. Some may want to plant trees of this kind to enhance the appearance of their outdoor area. Others also prefer to have tall trees around their house to complement its appearance and simply to connect with nature. Certainly, there are many types of shade trees for everyone to choose from. Unfortunately, being confronted with a wide variety of choices also gives a bit of confusion. Things will be much easier, if you know the types of trees you want and the places you want to plant them.

It would help a lot to decide first what type of shade trees you want to plant around your house. This way you will be able to choose the right kind of trees either to enhance the outside of your house or to boost your garden’s landscape.

Growing Clove Pink

Growing Clove Pink

It is a good idea to grow some clove pink (Dianthus caryophyllus) at the front of a container if you have a sunny site and enough room. Single, semidouble, or double flowers in white and shades of pink, rose, red, yellow, and orange; many have rich, spicy fragrance. Clove pink has a greyish-green to blue-green slender leaves and intensely sweetly scented bright pinkish-purple flowers that attracts butterflies. The clove pinks (or Wild Carnation) are most attractive perennial flowers, deliciously scented, especially the old-fashioned varieties, and the flowers of the clove pink D. caryophyllus can be used to make cordials, flavor drinks and decorate soups and salads.

First Aid For House Plants

First Aid For House Plants

When is required the first aid for house plants? House plant varieties have changed over the years, but one would expect their problems to be quite unchanging. This is surprisingly is not so – the menace of coal gas fumes has disappeared in recent years but it has been replaces by an equally serious but completely different menace – the hot, desert-dry air of the centrally-heated room. Even pests and diseases change – Pelargonium rust was virtually unknown until a few years ago.

The problems that can occur are many and varied. Inspect the plants regularly, especially under the leaves. You may detect the first signs of rot because you forgot to reduce watering as winter approached.