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Lawns, Irises And The Robot Terrarium

August 22nd, 2011 · No Comments · Garden Gadgets, Garden Plants, Gardening News

Irises in full bloomFor me August is the month when the garden is past its best and my thoughts turn to the autumn cleanup and plans for next year. But there are plenty of things to be done in August and I have found two articles, one covering lawns and the other irises. I have to confess that I am not a lawn fanatic who insists on removing every last weed from the sward, but I do like to see healthy green grass.

Doug Courneya who is a horticulturist and a certified arborist has written a useful summary of the tasks to undertake this month to keep your lawn in top condition. He covers mowing heights, weeds, fertilizing, dethatching, aerating and seeding. He also includes a link to the “Sustainable Lawn Care Information Series” at the University of Minnesota. Read more..

“Now is prime time to plant, revive irises” is the title to this piece by Nancy O’Donnell in the Columbus Despatch. “The tall bearded iris, also known as German iris, is a stately bloom for color in May and June, but every three to five years in August, it’s our turn to show the plant our gratitude.” Instructions on new plantings and division and replanting of overgrown clumps follows including tips on fertilizing. Read more..

Recently I found several helpful videos demonstrating the techniques described in her article. I have added these to my main site which you can find here.

“It’s a Robot! It’s a Terrarium! It’s a Robot Terrarium!” Yes, I can see the robot, but I’m really not sure about the terrarium. It appears to be a model robot with cavities where you can insert plants. It seems that both ready-made and DIY robot gardens are on the way. I can’t wait! Read more..


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