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Tips From Richard: Cover Crops

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:28am -- WCVE

Plant a cover crop in your vegetable garden. Once you finished with your garden for the fall, a light seeding of winter rye or crimson clover will help protect your soil through the winter. Cover crops not only prevent soil erosion, but they also make the garden an attractive part of the landscape until you’re ready to till it into the soil in late winter.

Be sure to read Richard’s weekly Garden Q & A in the Saturday Home Section of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Tips From Richard: Bring Houseplants Indoors

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 9:14am -- WCVE

Transition your houseplants to move back indoors for the winter. Hosing off the plant with a gentle spray of water can help clean the leaves and activate insects making them easier to see. Make the move less traumatic by bringing plants in at night and putting them back out during the mild days. In a week they’ll be ready to spend the winter in the warmth of your home. 

Be sure to read Richard’s weekly Garden Q & A in the Saturday Home Section of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Tips From Richard: Plant Fall Bulbs

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 1:52pm -- WCVE

Daffodils, crocus and tulips are among the most popular bulbs to plant in early October. Since all three of these have different size bulbs, the rule of thumb is to plant bulbs three times deeper than the height of the bulb. Bulbs planted in early fall have time to set roots and get acclimated before going through their cold dormant period of winter. 

Be sure to read Richard’s weekly Garden Q & A in the Saturday Home Section of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Tips From Richard: Treat for Grubs in the Lawn

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:05am -- WCVE

If you suspect grub damage to your lawn, September is the best time to control them. Right now grubs are young and actively feeding on grass roots. The folks at your favorite garden center can recommend a product that best fits your situation. 

Be sure to read Richard’s weekly Garden Q & A in the Saturday Home Section of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Tips From Richard: Compost Your Leaves

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 2:04pm -- WCVE

As leaves start to fall, consider using them as mulch or starting a compost pile. Leaves are the natural mulch that blankets the ground in our forests insulating tree roots and preventing erosion. However, if contained and allowed to decompose, they produce a wonderful soil amendment called compost. 

Be sure to read Richard’s weekly Garden Q & A in the Saturday Home Section of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Tips From Richard: Fall Fertilizer Application

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:22am -- WCVE

Make your first application of fall fertilizer on fescue lawns. In central Virginia, most turf experts agree that one secret to a healthy lawn is to make two or three applications of slow release nitrogen between the end of August and the first of December.

Be sure to read Richard’s weekly Garden Q & A in the Saturday Home Section of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Tips From Richard: Overseed The Lawn

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:54am -- WCVE

Overseed your lawn with new grass seed. A core aerator or a good stiff rake will help brake the surface of the soil enough to allow for good seed/soil contact. By lightly watering the new seed once a day, you should have new seedlings sprouting by next weekend.

Be sure to read Richard’s weekly Garden Q & A in the Saturday Home Section of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Tips From Richard: Repair Your Summer Lawn

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 2:30pm -- WCVE

Get a head start on repairing the damage done to your lawn by the summer heat. Treat unwanted weeds and weedy grasses in your lawn with a herbicide containing glyphosate. If it doesn’t rain for two or three days after treating, water the area to insure the herbicide is cycling through the system of the plant. In approximately seven days the weeds will be dead and you’ll be able to plant new grass seed in their place.

Tips From Richard: Lawn Aeration

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 1:30pm -- WCVE

Schedule a core aerator for your lawn. Normal summer rain and heat tend to bake our soils resulting in a compacted lawn. Aeration with a core aerator will loosen the soil and allow moisture to soak in rather than run off. Whether you do-it-yourself or hire a contractor, aeration will help strengthen your lawn.

Be sure to read Richard’s weekly Garden Q & A in the Saturday Home Section of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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