The weekly newsletter for July 20, 2019.
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July 20, 2019 - Issue #418

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Articles to read
The Lowdown on Lawns: Frequently Asked Questions

10 frequently asked questions about lawns. Lean about cool-season and warm-season grasses; the best time of year to seed a new lawn; fertilizer for lawns and more!

Edible Landscaping - Edible of the Month: Fava Beans

Fava, or broad beans, are not well known in America, but if you go "across the pond", the English and Europeans love them. But favas had a rocky start. Back in ancient Greek times, Pythagoras warned to "avoid all favas". It seems certain people in the southern Mediterranean region have a genetic tendency to get sick from eating fresh fava beans, a syndrome called favism.

Edible Landscaping - How to: Espalier an Apple Tree

Many gardeners would love to grow apples, pears, peaches, and other tree fruits in their yard, but don't have the room or climate to accommodate them. While there are many dwarf tree fruit varieties on the market, sometimes even these trees are too large for a small yard. Plus, if you live in a cold winter or cool summer climate, some fruits just won't grow and mature well for you. Learn how to accommodate in this article.

Find your Zone

Exactly which USDA hardiness zone are you in? Well, it depends. Use our zone map and article to help.

Crepe Myrtles: Plant Care and Collection of Varieties

The Crepe Myrtle is a fast-growing, small to medium-sized deciduous tree that produces large, colorful flowers over a long period from midsummer to fall. The foliage is attractive in fall and the textured bark provides winter interest. Another common name is southern lilac. It is typically cultivated as a multi-trunked flowering tree grown throughout the warmer climates of the world.

Weed Control

The appeal of toxic herbicides is powerful when you're faced with a garden rapidly dominated by fast-growing weeds.

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Lovely new photos from this week
Firebush (Hamelia patens)
by sunkissed:

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Dianthus (Dianthus chinensis 'Black and White Minstrels')
by OrganicJen:

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Butterfly Bush (Buddleja 'Orange Sceptre')
by Onewish1:

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Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Red Filigree Lace')
by SL_gardener:

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Rose (Rosa 'Mitsouko')
by AnnKNCalif:

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Oktoberfest')
by zepher13:

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Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Carnival Clown')
by Lestv:

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Lotus Position')
by celtica:

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Dahlia 'Chimacum Del Blomma'
by mathchick13:

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Paraquilegia microphylla
by kniphofia:

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Active discussions from our forums
Subject Area Replies
Orange RosesRoses forum38
Can planting/growing grass help reduce or eliminate poison ivy?Ask a Question forum37
Wrinkled pseudobulbs on oncidium orchidsOrchids forum31
Which Purple is the best?Roses forum30
Cactus id?Plant ID forum28
Show us your "A" listDaylilies forum25
Stuff in my yardRoses forum23
New Forum Request; Lawns & GrassesSite Talk forum20
Pink edged whites/cremesRoses forum18
The numbers from last week:
1,107 members joined.
5,303 posts written in our forums.
1,164 photos posted to the plant database.
923 plants added to personal inventory lists.
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