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San Jjose, CA
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Question by marymtte
July 21, 2007
I can't get gardenia's to take. I buy the bushes small and plant them, but within a few weeks the leaves start turning yellow, then they die. Are they getting overwatered or underwatered?
My lawn is only 1 year old and has lots of weeds already. The color is not what it was when the sod was first put down. How do I get it looking nice again? Thanks. Mary.

Answer from NGA
July 21, 2007
I think your gardenias have been showing signs of stress after being planted in your yard. It will usually overcome this stress and grow healthy new leaves in a few weeks. To keep your gardenias happy and healthy, here are a few guidelines: Like many other tropical bloomers, gardenias need lots and lots of light. If possible, avoid the direct afternoon sun during the hottest part of our summer. Morning sun and afternoon shade is best. The soil gardenias are planted in need to stay evenly moist. Water deeply once or twice a week to make them happy. Feed gardenias every two or three weeks with a water-soluble fertilizer such as Miracle-Gro. Other than removing spent blooms, gardenias don't require much grooming. If they get too large or open, prune for shape. An occasional shower will clean off the leaves.

Weed and Feed will green up your lawn and also take care of the weeds. Be sure to apply according to label directions.

Hope this answers all your questions!

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