More Tips as You Head in to the Garden

by on April 14, 2012

Fabric Pots: A Smart Choice for Healthy Plants

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What do plants have in common with people? They like having air movement, access to water, and plenty of room to stretch their legs.

Seems pretty basic. So what happens when you put plants in pots? You have to be careful you don’t restrict their ability to thrive. One of the best ways to do that is with fabric pots.

Made from porous materials that let in plenty of air and water, the pots have been popular with commercial growers for years. They’re durable, reusable, and convenient. Sturdy hemmed rims make them rigid enough to hold their shape, yet they fold flat for storing at the end of the season. Hook-and-loop seams down the sides make it easy to remove plants when transplanting.

Choose from a wide range of sizes, from 1 gallon to 20 gallons. The 10-gallon pot is perfect for tomatoes, peppers, and large perennials.

Give your plants some breathing room!

Easter Lilies: Tips for Best Blooms

LILLIESFor Easter, a single plant has grown as symbolic of the holiday as colored eggs: the elegant Easter lily (Lilium longiflorum). If you’re the lucky recipient of this gem, here’s how to keep yours healthy and beautiful.

  • Remove the protective sleeve from the pot, because it can encourage root rot.
  • Set the plant in bright, indirect light, away from drafts. Keep the temperature at 60 to 65 degrees F during the day and slightly cooler at night.
  • When plants bloom, remove the yellow anthers to prolong bloom life and prevent pollen from staining your clothes and skin. Cut off spent blooms, and water when the surface is dry to the touch.

Once the plant has finished blooming, you can plant it outdoors. Easter lilies are hardy to Zones 6 to 9 (some cultivars to Zones 4 or 5). When danger of frost has passed, plant.

Reel Mowers Have Real Options

Fiskars
For a reel mower fan, it’s what you don’t hear and smell that makes you happy. That’s because cutting grass without gas eliminates air and noise pollution. Now Fiskars gives you something else to smile about —choice!

Their StaySharp Reel Mower line has expanded to include three models, so you can pick a mower that best suits your budget and your cutting needs: the 18-inch StaySharp Max (formerly Momentum), the 17-inch StaySharp Plus, and the 17-inch StaySharp.

They all feature the StaySharp Cutting System, a touchless design where the blades don’t touch the back of the mower, eliminating the familiar clicking sound. As a result, blades stay sharp giving you maximum efficiency and saving you money on sharpening costs.

The mowers each have a superior cutting system that tackles all common grasses up to 4 inches tall, even tough Southern varieties. Plus, you’ll accomplish more with less effort, thanks to Fiskars unique design that reduces push force from 30 to 60 percent, depending on the model.

Real benefits, reel options!

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