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Weekly Lawn & Garden Tips

2/4/19 This world would be a better place, if there were more lovers and less haters. mw

Question:
How do I get rid of sweet clover in my lawn? Bertha, Cambridge, IL
Mort's Answer:
I am a strong advocate of keeping clover in the lawn. Clover is a martyr grass that will die away when there is sufficient nitrogen in the soil. Since it attracts bees, it is helpful for pollination of flowers in addition to adding nitrogen to the soil. Clover takes nitrogen from the air and breaks down the nitrates in the roots to feed the other grasses. If you give the lawn sufficient fertilizer the clover will disappear. You have an inexpensive source of fertilizer that you could grow to love.

Question:
My dirt cellar in my 100 year old house has now spawn mushrooms on the floor. How can I get rid of the fungus? Bob, Lebanon, NH
Mort's Answer:
Mushrooms as you indicated are fungi. They grow in damp dark areas, where the soil is acidic. This occurs naturally in New England soils. You can cover the floor with limestone and hydrated lime. Until you are ready to cover the floor with cement, you will be vulnerable to mushroom infestation. One alternative would be to turn the floor into a mushroom farm. You might consider growing the edible mushrooms and make the best of this situation.

Question:
I have tried everything to get rid of ants. What is the latest and the best? Pat, Norwich, CT
Mort's Answer:
A caller to my radio show suggested using a hose from the car exhaust to the mounds. Bait pesticides work best to get at the queen but usually take a while to reach the newly hatched ants. Another caller suggested turkey compost. It is straw soaked with turkey urine. That may be hard to come by. Cinnamon was another suggestion. A Texas extension expert uses Logic combined with sulphur. Micronized sulphur is readily available at most garden stores.

Question:
My fuchsia is very vigorous. Should I take it indoors? Edna, North Attleboro, MA
Mort's Answer:
Fuchsia are considered hardy annual plants. Most fuchsia become woody in November or December and barely survive beyond January. Most greenhouse growers take their cuttings at this time of the year for new plants. You can prolong your fuchsia by continuing to fertilize with a high middle number plant food and placing your plant in a location with strong filtered light. When it becomes woody, cut it back and do not fertilize. If it starts to produce new growth in March, consider it a serendipitous occasion. Resume fertilizing at that time and bring it back outdoors in June. Do not get your hopes too high. Rarely are the fuchsia born again. It is not in their future.

Question:
How can I get your book? "A Face Made for Radio"
Mort's Answer:
You can purchase my book, "A Face Made for Radio".
This autobiography is 11.95 per copy including S&H. It chronicles my first 25 years and the history of radio. Just mail check or money order to:

Mort White
50 Birch St.1201
Cranston, RI 02920.

Allow two weeks for delivery.

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