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August 21, 2013

Tim's Tips: Check your container plants

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It is also important to keep those tomato plants fertilized if you want those tomatoes to ripen. Tomato plants use a lot of potassium to ripen tomatoes. If there isn’t enough potassium in the soil, the tomatoes will stay green. Potassium is the last of the three numbers you will see on your fertilizer container.

Your lawn has been through a period of stress due to a hot July and a generally dry summer. Your lawn will benefit from an application of fertilizer now. The fertilizer will help green up the grass and also help the lawn repair and put out new roots.

If you or your neighbors have had a lot of Japanese beetles, the female beetle has been busy laying eggs in your lawn. These eggs hatch out in early to mid-September. At that point in time, it is easy to control those grubs before they do major damage to your lawn. Depending on which approach you want to use, you will need to put down some type of grub control to get those grubs before they get your lawn.

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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