October 3, 2007
Let's see... what have I been doing
since last week? The never ending task
of picking up acorns continues and now that the leaves are
starting to fall I am busy trying to keep them off our newly
seeded lawn. Tim Jorns, better known as T.J.,
with Ryan Lawn & Tree was out yesterday to verticut
(photos) and put some seed down in the
back-yard. It is hard to talk about T.J.
in any other sense than friend. I remember T.J.
calling on me when we were at our old house. That was 12 years
ago and once again T.J.
is taking care of our lawn. I have been through several other
professionals at Ryan Lawn & Tree and I would highly recommend
each and every one I've dealt with. I
really don't want to take care of the lawn. I like to mow and
trim but I would rather have a professional take care of the
fertilizer, weed control and seeding
schedule. One less thing for me to remember (or
forget) depending on the day. For
those of you who use Ryan Lawn & Tree you know exactly what I am
talking about. For those of you who are curious, give them a
call (913) 381-1505 or visit their
It is hard to beat
this weather. The rain was a nice addition and the cool mornings
and warm afternoons are delightful. This is the time of year
where piddling outside is an all day affair. It doesn't matter
what I'm doing as long as it is outside. There could be stacks
and stacks of laundry (which there are) and it would not make a
difference. Piddling is what I do and it makes me happy. Once
winter arrives (sadness) the piddling will stop,
so for now each day is a piddling day. Piddle on!
TLC For Tender
Whether you've overseeded like we just did
or have put grass seed down to establish a new lawn you need to
keep it wet. This is especially true as the new young blades shoot
forth from the soil.
This is when the grass is most vulnerable. If it dries out, it
dies. No need to soak it. Just keep it moist with a couple of
sweeps from the hose spray nozzle several times a day.
Storing Summer Bulbs...
It's time to start thinking about
storing bulbs that will not survive Kansas
City winters. The bulbs of gladiolus, caladium, dahlia,
tuberous begonia, calla lily, and cannas
need to be dug and
stored so they can be planted next year.
these plants should be dug after frost has browned the foliage.
Allow them to dry for about a week in a
shady, well-ventilated site, such as a garage or tool shed.
Remove excess soil and pack them in peat moss, vermiculite or
perlite. Make sure the bulbs don't touch, so that if one decays
the rot doesn't spread to its neighbors. Dusting them with
fungicide before storage will help prevent them from rotting
should be stored between 50°
F. The rest of the bulbs mentioned should be stored near 40°
Harvest & Storage...
Make sure you harvest pumpkins and winter
squash before they get hit by frost. Immediately after harvest,
the fruit should undergo a ripening or curing process to harden
the shell. A curing period of about two weeks at 75°
F with good circulation is desirable. Storage should then be at
F with humidity between 50 and 70 percent. Also, leaving a couple
inches of stem will not only provide a "handle" for
jack-o-lanterns but will improve storage.
If you are
rescuing green tomatoes from a frost and plan to allow them to
finish ripening indoors, be sure to select fruits that have
changed color from the darker green of immature tomatoes to the
lighter color of the mature green stage. If picked before this
color break, the tomato will rot instead of ripen. You will be on
the safe side if you wait for a hint of red to appear.
Light pruning of both needle and broadleaf
evergreens is recommended in late fall to encourage a strong
framework to help the plant overcome any snow damage. Simply
remove any weak or crowded branches with a pair of clean sharp
Look Who's Sleeping In The
Many disease-causing viruses overwinter in the roots of
perennial weeds. Tomato mosaic virus overwinters in the roots of
ground cherry, horsenettle, jimson weed, nightshade, and
bittersweet; cucumber mosaic virus lives in the roots of
milkweed, catnip, and pokeweed; bean mosaic overwinters in white
sweet clover roots; and many cabbage diseases spread from wild
members of the cole family. A good fall cleanup is essential.
Time For Lime?
If the results of a soil test suggest that your lawn or
garden needs an application of lime now is the time to do it.
Never had a soil test before? Shame on you! Resolve to get one
done this month. We've posted easy to follow
instructions on the Savvygardener.com website.
"When I was a boy, I
thought scent was contained in dew
drops on flowers and if I got up very early in the morning, I
could collect it and make perfume."
Oscar De La Renta