Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 31, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
6 LETHBRIOOE HERALD May 31. Your garden lylufeNe ft. F.R.H.S. Lawn thickening takes work HOME OF THE WEEK EASY TO GROW ASTILBES Sometimes when a person buys on impulse and is not too familiar with the he just hopes for the best after it is set out in the garden. One plant you will have good success with is the astilbe or herbacious spirea. It is very easy to grow if given the right conditions Although it is quite it is charming and decorative and should be in very landscape picture Astilbes grow from two to four feet high and their graceful tapering plumes of flower come in shades of pink Leave attic vents open Ventilate your attic well. Leave the vents open both summer and winter. That advice to home owners comes from the National Mineral Wool Insulation which represents practically all manufacturers of rock wool and fiber glass insulating materials. both types are wool In attic ventilation keeps heat trom building up and thus the living space beneath stays cooler. In ventilation keeps the attic dry moisture vapor might condense on the inside surface of the roof. The attic is considered to be outdoor space and allowed to stay at outdoor temperature. Insulation in the attic floor is a thermal containing winter heating or summer cooling within the living space. Vents in the gable ends of a roof are the most common the association says. There should be a vent in each gable end When there are vents in two gable the National Association of Home Builders Research Foundation and the Federal Housing Administration recommend that each vent have one square foot of open area for each 300 square feet of attic floor With rain the overall size should be doubled because the louver bars shut off about half of the area. from salmon to rosy fiery cream and white. There are also some dwari ones suitable for the among which is Bronze growing about eight inches high. Most seed outlets sell packets of the mixed varieties This attractive plant is easily grown from seed or purchased plants and may be set out in the garden in either spring or fall. They will grow in full but under these must be provided with abundant water. if given some shade during the hottest part of the this will ensure a much longer lasting display. The graceful feathery plumes color up gradually in July and on into September Astilbes may be grown singly or in masses in around pools suits them or may be used as pot plants They thrive best in a rich soil that is moist and well enriched with organic and it should be well drained I have had some growing in the garden for several years and they have proven to be quite hardy. If provided with porous soil so that water does not stand around the base of the plant and some winter protection is given own foliage is sufficent. they will thrive for years. Once they should be left to grow into showy specimens In the provide a top dressing of peat moss or leaf with a complete a third of a cup to a square worked into the soil If your plant does require to be dig up in the and after separating into rooted carefully replant For new at very little sow seed indoors in the transplanting outdoors when the seedlings are large enough and all danger of frost is over. If you have a spot in a dampish partly sheltered from the sun. then Astilbes are what you are looking for. These colorful perennials require no staking The leaves are also quite attractive and some being bronzy-red. particularly in the early season. Mr. W. When is the proper time to sow parsley and how long does it take to Ans. As soon as the ground can be worked in the spring is the time to sow the seed. Germination is often quite taking up to two to three weeks. Germination may be speeded up somewhat by soaking the seed in warm water for 24 hours prior to seeding. This is the season when seed landscapers and most people involved in turf are beseiged by people who want to bare spots on lawns. This practice probably accounts for the majority of seed consumed in packaged seed sales. It's almost as traditional as looking for the first spring to buy a package of lawn seed and sprinkle it on winter-worn lawns. A boon for merchants but is the consumer really getting value for the dollars It's hard -The Herald At Home Tenacious crabgrass difficult to destroy Is The Green All then SOIL TEST your lawn Bring in your samples or Give us a call about your lawn Agri-Analysis Ltd. 132 North Mayor Magrath Drive Alberta Phone 328-8131 tenacious little weed threatens a population explosion in lawns across the country. Each ugly plant that eluded gardeners last year gaily tossed off about seeds to harass and embarrass that beautiful lawn you want throughout the coming season. To calculate the growth habit of crabgrass. look at last year's plants times seeds ready to germinate when the soil and you've got a prodigious amount of crawling crabgrass. If you think you can control this of the lawns by pulling and forget it. You'll spend all your time with a spudder trying to get them out and you won't do for as fast as you get one out and stop for others will take root and grow. So it is a 'Battle of the As if one wasn't there are two kinds of crab- grass to harass the home hairy crabgrass and the smooth crabgrass. The stems of both kinds lie close to the ground and often root at the nodes. This prostrate feature makes crabgrass difficult to cut with a lawn mower. The flowering structure consists of four to twelve finger-like branches at the top of the stem Research on pre-ernergence killers began about 1950 with chemical killing agents having a remarkable singleness of purpose selecting only undesirable plants and not harming desirable grasses. Both types of crabgrass are found only where the turf is thin and where there is a lot of sunlight. Proper lawn practices will help to eliminate this unwanted weed. Encourage a good thick stand of turf by fertilizing with a spring balanced fertilizer during the and again in the fall with a fertilizer high in phosphorus nutrients essential for root growth. Upgrade the area with a good lawn seed and water and mow to the proper height to 2 Pre-emergence crabgrass killers are now available with vastly improved performance. The control ingredient has an effectiveness of nearly 100 per but apply the pre- emergent material as directed. One of the best preventers is the application of a 20-pound bag of a proven product applied over a square foot area. Apply half of the bag in one direction and the other half in the opposite direction. The time to do From mid April to mid May. Use a rule of thumb expression. When the lilacs are in apply the pre- emergent crabgrass control because the soil has warmed and seeds are going to germinate The reason you use this product is to control those seeds that are just waiting for warm soil. They can't germinate when the control is and the good grasses will have a chance to to fatten out and make a beautiful lawn. Choose fish wisely If you are considering taking up tropical fish as a the choice of pets is wide open. In the variety of types available is so great ihat this hobby offers something for everyone in terms of maximum pleasure Revenue Canada Customs and Excise CANADA CUSTOMS INFORMATION SHOULD YOU REQUIRE IN- FORMATION OR ASSISTANCE RELATIVE TO CUSTOMS YOU MAY CALL YOUR LOCAL CUSTOMS OFFICE. IF THERE IS NO LOCAL ASK YOUR TELE- PHONE OPERATOR FOR THE FOLLOWING ZENITH NUM- BER AND YOUR CALL WILL BE PLACED WITHOUT CHARGE. 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Explain that you would like to have a community tank with five or six different varieties of fish on display. you will be hearing such terms as and These are the two basic distinctions between fish that produce fully formed young and those laying eggs from which young are later hatched. The live bearers have names which may be more familiar to Swordtails and Mollies. Guppies are jewel-like fish between one and two inches long. They are quite easy to raise both because of their fecundity and their being able to withstand changes in temperature. Swordtails are the product of selective with a characteristic long tail and bright stripe along each side. Usually about two inches they are bright green or red. The velevety Mollies are little black beauties about an inch and a half and enhance any aquarium community. Among Barbs are inexpensive fish about the size of Mollies. They are continual feeders who do a good job of keeping the aquarium floor clean of food particles. Tetras have a strange luminescence that takes the form of neon-like bars on their bodies. All are showy fish and fairly hardy. Daninos are restless sure to put on a constant parade in their tank.. A little more expensive are the a delicately pastel colored breed. One striking variety has a dramatic blue patch on the pink body. to imagine the chance that a carelessly sprinkled seed has of establishing a viable turf plant without the benefit of soil contact for plant nutrients and moisture after germinating. So obviously overseeding to thicken a lawn has to be a more energy- consuming endeavour than walking over the lawn administering a blessing-like sprinkling of seed. Perhaps an examination of some of the causes of thinned turf may provide some of the solutions. Grass killed alongside walkways by chemical reaction to ice melters is a frequent complaint. The use of sand or a non-burning material would solve this problem. If salt is the villain we suggest replacing the top soil in these strips and reseeding. Ice rinks on lawns are often the cause of spoiled turf. If this is to be an annual practice use a protective poly sheet in early winter on the frozen removing it with the first complete thaw in the spring Seed or sod the area to be used with a low temperature resistant bluegrass variety such as Nugget or Menon Female dog spots are a nuisance to most home owners These are usually small enough though that with fertilization and weed control if has a good bluegrass population the bluegrass rhizomes will fill in these spots Thin turf in shade is probably the major problem facing homeowner and professional turf manager alike. Shaded areas in golf course your are usually subject to heavy traffic throughout the summer and if leaves are not removed the grass is set back even more. These areas should be overseeded with quality shade mixtures containing an adequate percentage of a shade tolerant bluegrass such as Nugget and improved fescues such as Jamestown. Highlight or Koket. The area should receive preferred treatment throughout the growing season and some extra fertility before winter and in early spring. These are some of the problems and hopefully solutions. Now it is possible to discuss what might be an improved procedure by which to establish these all important turf plants. Aerifying or renovating or dethatching equipment is widely available through modern garden centres and rent-all stores on a rental basis. People are amazed at the amount of thatch leaf and root that has accumulated in their turf. These machines will rip this out or pierce holes through it It should then be raked up and can be used in the compost heap Apply fertilizer favor an even 7-7-7 for and rake lightly. 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