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Monday, August 15, 2011

The Fert and Dirt for August

W. Clement Stone reminds us that “Big doors swing on little hinges.” That’s a great quote to kick off this rainy Monday morning plus it makes for an easy lead-in with the fert and dirt topic. With most of our perennial growing season behind us, mid-August isn’t the time to sit back and watch the last blooms in our garden gently fade away. On the tail end of this magnificent glory, it's hard to remember that these plants worked overtime since early spring, producing its splash and dash of texture, flower bloom and extended growth.

Want to keep your perennials looking perky, fresh and healthy year after year? Besides doing a bit of dividing and transplanting, this is prime time to check what might be missing in your dirt and fertilize your perennials. Nothing fancy; standard 10-10-10 or triple 8 should do the trick. This quick shot of juice helps the plants rebound from a full season’s growth and prepares the perennials for the upcoming winter months. With the soil, it’s a simple test for pH and nutrients. A well-being check-up is all you need to keep your perennials on track for next season.

So remember if you want ‘big doors to swing on little hinges,’ then apply the fert and dirt philosophy to your perennial garden.

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