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Weekly Lawn & Garden Tips

8/5/20 This world would be a better place, if there were more lovers and less haters. mw

Question:
Can I use grass clippings in my compost pile? Julie, Templeton, MA
Mort's Answer:
If you put herbicide on your lawn, the compost will not be as fertile as without it. I have seen instances, where lawn clippings produced sickly plants but have not killed the plants. Grass clippings, leaves and table scraps but no meat will enrich the composition. A good pile is three sided and you toss the bottom material to the top frequently.

Question:
How can I get rid of weeds in my long crushed stone driveway? Mary, Rochester, MA
Mort's Answer:
You can use any herbicide with good results on a driveway. You can use a preemergent in the spring to discourage seeds. A strong acid like vinegar on a hot day will burn them.

Question:
My lawn service company has told me that my lawn is necrotic. It will cost me another $120.00 to apply a spray on an area 20 feet by 20 feet. Is there something else that I can buy to correct this? Doris, Spokane, WA
Mort's Answer:
Your lawn service company has told you that the lawn is dead. Since you have handed over control to your company, I would make them correct the situation. Spraying fertilizer on your lawn can over stimulate growth and lead to susceptibility to fungus, mold and other diseases. Lawn companies are hired to avoid these problems. Your alternative is to go to an organic fertilizer once a year and check your Ph periodically. It should be close to 7. Either you or your company should aerate and thatch regularly, especially this coming spring.

Question:
We have blue rug juniper and mountain laurel growing in a large bed. e are near the woods. There is a lichen growing on the laurel. The rug juniper seem to be choking them out. Can we trim away the junipers and how far? Any help is appreciated. Cecile, Warwick, RI
Mort's Answer:
Lichen is a fungus that grows in algae. Spray with a fungicide each fall to inhibit the fungal growth. Juniper is an alternate host in the winter for fungi. There are probably other junipers in the woods nearby, so this is an annual task to protect your laurel. Cleaning out the rug Junipers to about a foot from the mountain laurel will allow water to reach their roots. Although this is not the root of your problem, it help the vigor of the plants.

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.

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