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by gardening expert, TV/radio host, author &columnist Melinda MyersSummer has arrived and for many gardenersthat means heat, drought and watering bans. Thiscan be hard on gardeners as well as their land-scapes. The good news is that there are ways tohelp plants thrive despite these seasonal chal-lenges. Adjusting landscape care accordingly dur-ing the summer months can not only providerelief for lawns and gardens, but also for the gar-dener. Here are some low maintenance eco-friendly ways gardeners can keep their landscapeslooking their best throughout the summermonths, while beating the heat: Water plants thoroughly to promote deepdrought- and pest-resistant roots. Wait until thetop few inches of soil are crumbly and moist orfootprints remain in the lawn before wateringagain. Avoid light, frequent watering that encouragesshallow roots. Shallow roots are less able to toler-ate drought and more susceptible to disease andinsect problems.Spread a 2- to 3-inch layer of shredded leaves,evergreen needles or shredded bark mulch overthe soil in garden beds and around trees andshrubs. Mulching conserves moisture, keeps rootscool and moist, and suppresses weeds.Mow lawns high. Taller grass produces deeperroots that are more drought-tolerant. A deeply rooted lawn is also more resistant to insects, dis-ease and other environmental stresses. Always mow lawns often enough, so youremove less than one third the total leaf surface.Leave the grass clippings on the lawn. They addnitrogen, organic matter and moisture to the soil.Use a low nitrogen slow release fertilizer, likeMilorganite, to give gardens and lawns a nutrientboost. This organic nitrogen fertilizer remains inthe soil until the growing conditions are right forthe plant.Remove weeds from garden beds and borders assoon as they appear. These “plants out of place”steal water and nutrients from your desirable gar-den plants. Plus, they can harbor insects and dis-eases that are harmful to your garden plants. And don’t forget to take care of yourself whilecaring for your landscape during the heat of sum-mer. Drink lots of liquid, use sunscreen, and work during the cooler morning and evening hours.Then when the gardening tasks are done for theday, grab a glass of lemonade, take a seat in theshade and enjoy the beauty of your handiwork.
Nationally known gardening expert, TV/radiohost, author & columnist Melinda Myers has more than 30 years of horticulture experience and has written over 20 gardening books, including Can’t Miss Small Space Gardening. She hosts the nation-ally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment seg-ments which air on over 115 TV and radio stations throughout the U.S. and Canada. She is a colum-nist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine and writes the twice monthly “Gardeners’ Questions” newspaper column. Melinda also has a column in Gardening How-tomagazine. Melinda hosted “The Plant Doctor” radio program for over 20 years as well as sevenseasons of Great Lakes Gardener on PBS. She has written articles for Better Homes and Gardens and Fine Gardening and was a columnist and con-tributing editor for Backyard Living magazine. Melinda has a master’s degree in horticulture, is acertified arborist and was a horticulture instructor with tenure. Her web site is www.melindamyers.com
Along with the many historical and educationalpresentations that take place at Wellington Farm,USA the 60-acre living history museum also playshost to a full series of Garden Tractor Pullsthroughout the summer season. The last pull took place on Sunday, June 10. The results of that pullare listed below 850 Class Winners1st Pat Ferweda2nd Jeff Ferweda3rd Gail Witbeck 4th Luke Frye1050 Class Winners1st Pat Ferweda2nd Gordy Carmichael3rd Gail Witbeck 4th Gail Witbeck 1250 Class Winners1st Jeff Ferweda2nd Gordy Carmichael3rd Pat Ferweda4th Gail Witbeck The next pull is scheduled for Sunday, June 24followed by another on July 1. Winners of eachpull accumulate points which are used to deter-mine the Grand Champion Puller at the end of theseason. Accumulated points will be included inthe next issue of the pull results. Weigh-in at the track located at WellingtonFarm, USA begins at 11 a.m. and puling begins at1 p.m. There is a $10.00 registration for eachpuller in each class he pulls in. Winners receivecash awards. New pullers are always welcome asare spectators. The pulling track at WellingtonFarm is complete with groomed track, safety rails,scales, bleachers, concessions and rest rooms.Park admission is required to attend the tractorpulls. Admission includes guided tours andadmission to all exhibits and demonstrations. Wellington Farmis located at 6944 S.Military Road justoff I-75 and US-127southwest of Grayling. Moreinformation can beobtained by calling989 348 5187 or vis-iting the website at www.wellington-farmpark.org.
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