Gardening Chemical tips – which ones to use and not use

org3At some point in our gardening careers, it may become necessary to use some chemicals such as pesticides to cure disease and pest infestations in our garden or landscape areas. How does one store and dispose of these kinds of chemicals? Pesticide is an umbrella name for things such as herbicides, insecticides and fungicides.  Before you using any product on your plants read labels, do not harm your garden area or the wildlife around it. Determine what your problem is.  There are different chemicals designed to target different pests, and you want to make sure you have the right one.  Also, after you apply the chemicals to the affected area unless the package instructs you to and also do not let these chemicals drain into storm drains as this affect the entire neighborhood.

garden1Also, do not use pesticides if you are expecting rain and remember to keep away from the area so as not to cause harm to yourself or your family.  Additionally, make sure to wear protective eyewear and a long sleeved shirt to protect yourself from accidental contact with the chemicals.  When storing these, make sure to keep them in a cool, separate area that is out of reach of your small children and animals.  If you need to dispose of any leftover products one can give them away to neighbors, friends or family.  If nobody wants them, you do not have a whole lot of options other than keeping them around.  You cannot pour these down a storm drain, and it is against the law.  You will need to take the leftover products to a household hazardous waste site so that professionals can take care of these properly. So when it comes to using, storing and disposing of garden chemicals you need to remember to get rid of them safely.


Chinquapin Oak Trees

oak2Chinquapin Trees is a hardwood tree with the botanical name of Quercus muehlenbergii.  That’s a mouthful!  It does best in zone eight and even though it is particularly hardy, it sometimes has a hard time getting established in their new homes. They need little maintaining and have one of these beauties for your very own.  The most critical time for this tree is during the first two years.  Most experts recommend buying them as either an air root sapling or a burlap wrapped root ball sapling.  These are the two kinds with the best chances of surviving the transplant and adapting processes.  It is a type of the oak tree and needs to grow during the spring months of the year for best results.  This tree will need at least six hours of direct sunlight each day and need soil conditions that are moist, but well drained. Before planting, make sure the area has been cleared of any debris such as weeds or rocks.  This area should be about three to four feet in diameter to limit the tree having to compete with other plants and flowers for water and food from the soil.

oak3The hole you plan to put the tree also needs to be at least twice as big as the root system on what you purchased.  Loosening the soil before placing the root ball is also helpful as the roots will be able to spread and grow easier and with less stress.  When planting this tree make sure the trunk is straight and that when you cover it with the soil, make sure not to stomp it with your feet.  Gently pat it down with your hands and then add water.   After it is done, cover the entire area that you cleared, including the planting area with several layers of mulch. Keep the mulch not close to the trunk, and this will help with holding the moisture in and keeps the climate where it needs to be.  Make sure to keep these seedling watered and enjoy the many years it will bring your landscape!