|Volume 17, Issue 7||
Right plant, right place
|Hostas often do well under trees|
Many annuals need similar water and fertilizer. Grouping them in an area where water and fertilizer can be applied makes care easier, and the plants have more visual impact.
Most roses will bloom well in full sun, at least six hours. There are some that can do well in shade. Roses need lots of water but well drained soil. They also want regular fertilizer to support the continual new growth throughout the season.
The website www.homesteading.com has a great list of annuals and perennials that are drought tolerant.
Most herbs want excellent drainage, lots of sun and not much fertilizer (except basil). Plant them together for success.
Lawns need a lot of water, but you can minimize it by setting the mower at three inches. This protects the soil from the sun, reducing evaporation. Leaving the trimmings from the mower on the lawn adds humus. Weekly mowing will cut the least amount of grass from the lawn, and the clippings quickly disappear. Use organic fertilizer in spring and fall. The grass will not overgrow, which causes thatch, but mowing at three inches results in a thick carpet.
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