Control Snakes in the Garden

Written by Marilyn Pokorney

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Snakes need cover for protection. Donít leave wood or brush piles sit in one spot for more than a month.

Keep leaves and other debris picked up.

Don't keep piles of rocks.

Stack firewood on a rack 12" offrepparttar ground.

Remove old lumber or junk piles.

Remove their source of food. Keeprepparttar 113309 insect and rodent population under control.

Place garbage bags in sealed trash cans away fromrepparttar 113310 house.

Repair cracks alongrepparttar 113311 foundation and fill holes around pipes. Snakes only need about a ľ inch crack to get inside.

Sprinkle moth balls aroundrepparttar 113312 perimeter of your yard or garden. But beware that these can be dangerous to pets and children.

Sulfur from a garden center is said to keep snakes away.

Don't plant bushes and other plants too close torepparttar 113313 foundation ofrepparttar 113314 house.

Use mulch inrepparttar 113315 garden beds but not too thickly.

Trimrepparttar 113316 lowest limbs on shrubs and bushes so they are at least 12 inches fromrepparttar 113317 ground.

Construct a fence around your garden with heavy galvanized screening. Make it three feet wide with quarter-inch mesh. Be sure to buryrepparttar 113318 bottom of it six inches belowrepparttar 113319 soil surface.

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Who Else Wants Vigorously Growing Carnivorous Plants?

Written by Jacob Farin

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The best time to repot your plants is right before they emerge from dormancy, which would be March through April. You can also repot your plants at other times ofrepparttar year as long as you minimize disturbance to their roots.

As for soil, use a standard mix of 1 part peat moss and 1 part perlite. The peat moss retains moisture and adds acidity, whilerepparttar 113308 perlite provides aeration and drainage.

Because carnivorous plants grow in nutrient-poor soil, avoid using regular potting soil, fertilizer and compost. These items are toxic to carnivorous plants and will burn their roots. Very painful.

As you repot your plants, clip off any dried leaves fromrepparttar 113309 previous year. I generally clip off all leaves that have brown spots on them. Sometimes this means clipping off allrepparttar 113310 leaves onrepparttar 113311 plant, which is oftenrepparttar 113312 case with taller Sarracenia species.

With Yellow Trumpet and Green Pitcher Plants, clip off their non-carnivorous winter leaves after new growth has been established.

So, set aside some time in March and April to repot your carnivorous plants. You will be greatly rewarded with vigorously growing plants this summer.

If you need growing instructions for specific species, such as Venus Flytraps, visit Sarracenia Northwest at

Jacob Farin is co-owner of Sarracenia Northwest ( and a recognized carnivorous plant expert at

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