Rick feels conserving water makes sense. In this segment
he creates functional use zones.
Different plants need different amounts of water, if we
plant like plants in an area, we can be more efficient in
watering, thus conserve water.
We take a look at different
methods used to control Mosquitos.
They bite and hurt and are hard to control.
What is the bottom line, what works, what doesn't? Citronella
Candles - work if you're in the smoke. do you want to be
in the smoke? Bug Zappers seem to kill more beneficial bugs
than harmful ones. The Mosquito Plant works somewhat if
you rub the plant all over your body, not a pleasant thought
for Walter. Electronic repellents don't seem to be much
use either. Sprays and foggers will kill the bugs in the
area for an hour or so. But what about the bugs that fly
into the area, unless they land on the sprayed area their
effectiveness is limited and short-lived. The best method
is to remove standing water or use Mosquito pellets or donuts
that kill the larvae in the water.
Catherine Drewery introduces
us to one of her favorite plants, the Cardoon.
architectural foliage looks like an Artichoke. It is not
only beautiful but can be used in food or for medicinal
purposes. It has pretty blooms in the winter and spring.
Dr. Rick's Timely Tips - Tomato Horn Worms, Simplicity in
Color and Sedum
Dr. Rick shows you how to identify
and control the Tomato Horn Worm. In your landscape a simple
color scheme with different textures and forms can make
for a striking visual effect. Try a Sedum, in the south
they are hardy plants requiring low maintenance, yet attractive.
A champ for the Southern Garden.
In response to an email. We discuss how to kill Poison Ivy.
Two chemicals are particularly effective,
Tryclopyr, found in Brush Be-gone and Brush Killer and Glyphosate
found in Round-up. Spray the leaves then after several days
the Ivy should die. You might need to apply several times
to ensure removal. If a harry vine is going up a tree you
may need to cut a section out, apply a little poison to
the root and kill the vine.
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