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Time to Lime

Lime, Lime, Lime

We feel that lime is absolutely the most important step in having a thick, green, disease resistant, weed free lawn.  So many people come to Scenic Roots and ask how much lime they need for X amount of lawn, but then proceed to buy less than half of what we recommend.  We understand when we tell you you need 10 bags of lime for 10,000 sqft., you may get sticker shock.  WE do not mean to break your bank, but buying an  inadequate amount of lime is wasting your time and money.  Not only on the lime, but on any grass seed and fertilizer you buy throughout the year.  We say this because without the proper pH the grass seed will not establish very well and the fertilizer will not give you the desired outcome.  Without the proper pH level, weeds will take over, moss will grow, bare spots will be a problem, and disease will be more apt to occur.  The best way to fight all this is to have the proper pH level.  The #1 key to that is proper liming!

Limestone aka lime is a white/grayish mineral compound used to combat acidity and to supply calcium for plant growth.  The rate of application is 40lb per 1,000 sqft.  Each application raises your pH level by .5  Therefor several different applications might be needed for your proper pH.

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Picking the Right Pea

Peas are a cool-season vegetable and can be grown here in the spring and fall.  There are two sizes to be aware of when picking peas besides the three types of peas.  Bush varieties grow 18-24in. tall and are usually quicker to mature.  Bush peas do not need to be supported.  Vining/Pole types can reach 8ft. if provided sufficient support.  Trellis, fence, garden wire or polls can all be used for support.

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Common Household Poisons for your Pets

From food to plants, there are dozens of household objects that can be poisonous to your pets.  Do a little spring cleaning and pet proof your home with these precautions.

1.  Household Cleaners-  Keep household cleaning products out of reach.  From a curious kitty chewing up dozens of wipes or a puppy opening a cabinet and getting into the floor cleaners, there are many things we do not want our pets ingesting.  Keep cleaning products up high or behind a locked cabinet.

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April Flower of the Month – Narcissus (aka Daffodil, Jonquil)

What’s in a Name: The genus name Narcissus is thought to be derived from the Greek Narkissos, meaning sleep or numbness.

History:

The Greek Myth of Narcissus and Echo details the often drooping appearance of Narcissus blooms. Narcissus had an unrequited love for Echo and hid in a cave to escape his sorrow. Often, he would come
out of the cave to check his reflection in a nearby lake. Trying to get a closer look at himself, he fell in and drowned. A Narcissus flower bloomed in his place and its drooping head, leaning over to stare at its
reflection in the lake, was thought to portray the vanity of Narcissus.

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