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March 27, 2013

Tim's Tips: Gypsum can stop effects of ice melt

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These products can damage the roots of your lawn, and the other plants that are exposed to the residue. But there is a way you can prevent the damage caused by these ice-melting products. If you apply horticultural gypsum to the soil after the snow melts, the gypsum will neutralize the build-up of these products and prevent the damage to the roots of your lawn and other plants.

The gypsum works best if you apply it as soon as possible. Once the plants show signs of damage, it may be too late for it to be effective. Make it a point to apply gypsum to those areas exposed to ice melting products.

Every year as the snow melts, the spring flowering bulbs such as tulips and daffodils begin to put up their new growth. When this happens, we usually have some very cold weather. People get concerned that the cold temperatures will damage the new growth. However, these plants are extremely hardy.

Well, that’s all for this week. I’ll talk to you again next week.

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Tim Lamprey is the owner of Harbor Garden Center on Route 1 in Salisbury. His website is www.Harborgardens.com. Do you have questions for Tim? Send them to ndn@newburyportnews.com, and he will answer them in upcoming columns.

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