Saturday, April 24, 2010


Rain.........we cannot live without it. There is something about rain water. While tap or lake water is good, rain water seems even better. Plants and grass LOVE rain water. Maybe it is because there are no additives in rain water. No chlorine, no flouride to be found in the drops from the sky. I moved my indoor philadendron and rubber plants out onto the deck yesterday so they could get plenty of rain water. The philadendron is 40 years old and was my mother's. Speaking of the deck, the storm that brought the rain also destroyed my canopy. Oh well. I can acquire another one. The thing I cannot acquire is rain. Thank you, God for the rain.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Speed Zone

I found Speed Zone, the selective herbicide that is safe for use on Bermuda and Zoysia dormant turfgrasses to control a variety of broadleaf weeds. Many golf courses use this product, including Vestavia Country Club in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. Green broadleaf winter weeds are showing up in lawns that are still dormant from the cold winter months. I am using it in a 1 ounce per gallon in a 3 gallon backpack Solo sprayer. I am applying it only to the weed affected areas. will give you all the specs you will need.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

March came in like a lamb?

Things are thawing out. The ground is warming up. Bulbs are breaking through the surface and showing the promise of Spring. Now is the time to pull your old broccoli and collard plants up and plow the garden. We use the Mantis 2 cycle tiller to plow up Carol's garden. It is light weight and easy to manuever. Also, Crepe Myrtles and Butterfly Bushes should be cut back, if they haven't been already.

Pre emergent should have already been applied to turf areas. If there are green winter weeds, they can be controlled with a light application of Round-Up in Bermuda and Bahai grasses only. DO NOT get it near dormant Zoysia as it will prevent ANY green up in the Spring.

March; the transition month. We love it!!