February 17, 2018


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Fun Winter Contest Activity in our Plants Database!

We're having a contest this week only for people to submit comments about their favorite plants in our database. Have some helpful information you'd like to share? Post those as comments in our database and earn extra acorns that you can use for all kinds of fun things at Garden.org. For more information, visit this thread in our forum.

   How to kill dollar weed   

"I have dollar weed which started last year and I have not been successful in killing this weed even thought I used what is called a weed killer and dollar weed killer. It is taking over my lawn in central Florida. I purchased Ortho weed killer with dollar weed killer at your store and I have not been successful with this product. Is there a solution to ridding my lawn from this weed?Thank you" - Read the answer


Winter Care for Houseplants
Everyone needs a little R and R, and for houseplants winter is the time to get it. Daylight is dramatically reduced, the air is dry, and temperatures are cool — not the perfect growing conditions. Follow these tips to keep your houseplants in shape through the winter.
Potato Planting
Grow great potatoes. We'll show you how. Potatoes can be planted very early in the season -- almost as soon as the frost is out of the ground and you're able to work the soil. In the North, you can plant your first crop of early maturing potatoes in April, usually six to eight weeks before the last frost.
Pots of Pansies
In early spring, and again in fall, I pot up bright cheerful pansies and violas in containers of all kinds. The potting soil in containers is warm enough for the plants to thrive, and it adds a bright spot in the spring landscape.
Force Tulips Indoors
For those who can never get enough of tulips or can't wait until they spring up naturally in the garden, they can be forced indoors.
Perennial Shrubs for Your Flower Garden
When we think of shrubs, most of us picture foundation plants or a shrub border. Blooming shrubs lend the beauty of their flowers to the perennial garden, and also supply something else that most perennial gardens need: "bones," or a sense of structure.
Training a Climbing Rose
Climbing roses produce two kinds of shoots: the main structural canes and the flowering shoots, which grow from the canes. This is the guide you need to read for training your rose.


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