How do I run rows in my garden to be most effective? I have to run the rows north-south, or east-west, and why? – Michael de Graci
There are many suggestions for this question, but there is no consensus on the answer. First, this is not a major issue. As long as you focus on planting tall and short-growing vegetables, you can grow a successful garden in any way you can. Always plant tall plants in the northern part of the garden and short ones in the southern part.
Still, most of the recommendations agree that planting in the north-south is slightly better. The north-south direction turns the rows down so that the sun can enter the garden. This is especially helpful during the winter months when the sun is relatively low in the sky.
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However, I also run rows from east to west. In that way, as the sun passes through the southern sky every day, it distributes vegetables throughout the day. Again, be sure to plant your tall plants (like Trillis) in the northern part of the garden. If you plant tall plants on the south side, their shade will fall on the next row or two.
Can you explain why overcrowding can kill a tree? – Kathy Howard
The roots of trees breathe oxygen and carbon dioxide. They get the oxygen they need from the tiny air in the soil. As a result of this demand, 85% or more of the roots of trees are located in the upper 12-inch soil, where oxygen is high. Many people do not know what shallow tree root systems are, and they think they should grow deep into the soil. With this in mind, they feel that applying to fill in the gaps should not make much difference.
Knowing that the roots are shallow because of the need for oxygen makes it easier to see why the trees are dying. Excessive saturation of tree roots impedes the ability to filter new oxygen into the soil. The roots use oxygen, and when left untreated, the roots become choked and die. When they die, they stop drinking the water the tree needs, and the tree eventually dies of thirst.
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This can be traumatic for years or rapidly within a few months. Or a tree may weaken indefinitely under low energy conditions. Although trees vary in their tolerance for filling, the safest amount to apply is two inches per year. Use light sand, such as river sand or pump sand, to fill it.
I started using weeds in March, and then in June I applied a lawn mower. I have a hundred centimeters of grass, and I think now is the time to reuse the lawn mower. Will fertilizer end this year? – Elizabeth Sher Rude
Different types of grass require different levels of fertilizer during the summer. Bermudagras can receive three to five fertilizers from the end of March to the end of August. St. Augustine and Zeus can receive two or three applications from the end of March to the end of August. One of the reasons we grow 100 centimeters is the low maintenance requirements, and that includes fertilizer needs. Centipede needs less fertilizer to grow well than other types of grass. Centped is happy with one or two fertilizer applications. No further application of fertilizer is recommended. If you apply too much fertilizer to your centimeter of grass, it will actually start to decline in strength and health. They begin to become thinner and weaker than the weakened centipede fields. So, you have made enough fertilizer for this year, and you can relax during this time.
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Dan Gill is a retired consumer horticulturist with LSU AgCenter. He will host a “Garden Show” on WWL-AM on Saturday.