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February 6, 2013

Tim's Tips: When re-potting a plant, measure correctly

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Some people will make the mistake of moving the plant from, say, a 4-inch to an 8-inch pot. People usually do this because they think it will allow the plant more room to grow. The problem is that all that extra soil around the root ball stays wet until the roots move out and fill that extra soil. Overly wet soil will lead to the death of the roots. When moving houseplants to a larger pot, moving them up to a slightly larger pot is always the best way to go.

We have experienced some tremendously strong winds during the last few weeks. These winds may have caused some damage to the trees and shrubs in your yard. You should take a few moments to go outside and inspect this area. If branches have been damaged, you may need to do some pruning to remove them. If the damage is not taken care of soon, there is the potential for more damage to strike those plants during the next windy period we get this winter.

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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