Gardening by the Moon Weekend To-Do
An idea as old as agriculture, based both folklore and superstition but there are scientific ideas to back it up.
- Lunar Phase: Full Moon, Thursday, August 15
- Saturday-Monday: Moon in the sign of Capricorn-
- Ornamental grasses can be used as fillers, border or background plantings, or they may be grown as a container plant. But, looks aren't everything, The gentle waving motion of the grasses and the accompanying sounds create a very peaceful atmosphere within your garden.
Later in the Week
- EZ Wet is a biodegradable soil penetrant that promotes deeper roots; alleviate water run-off, erosion, and dry spots. It enhances the distribution of water into the soil profile by improving the ability of water to penetrate the soil and move into the root zone. It's of particular value to container plants such as Camellias, Azaleas, Roses, Japanese Maples, and others. EZ Wet is applied monthly through the fall.
- Boxwood, Privet, Photinia, and Escallonia, should be sheared often, so they stay tight and compact. Occasional pruning can cause gaps in the symmetrical shape of the hedge.
Other Things To-do
- Gladiolus bulbs/corms should be removed from the ground and stored for planting next year. However, you must wait for the leaves to turn brown and easily separate from the ground. You then carefully lift the bulbs/corms out of the ground, wash off all the excess soil from the clusters, and then separate the individual corms with a sharp knife. Next, to protect the bulbs from Thrips, dip them in a solution of two tablespoons of Clorox in one gallon of water. After they have air-dried, store the Gladiolus in paper bags in a cool, dry area.