Fertilizing Your Lawn Written by Chris Coffman
Your lawn takes nutrients out of soil that it is bedded in and uses these nutrients to aid its growth. If your soil lacks these nutrients your lawn will ultimately suffer. So while fertilizing makes your lawn greener it also provides a top of any nutrients that your soil is lacking helping grass to grow. When nutrients are available, lawn develops healthier roots which invariably grow deeper allowing lawn to draw upon water and nutrients in soil. Furthermore, deep roots reduce thatch and browning. Finally, fertilizer contains nutrients that grass needs to resist disease and drought.
Fertilizers also offer additional benefit of including chemicals to inhibit or kill weeds. The three primary nutrients in a fertilizer are Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium. Each element has its own affect upon grass. Nitrogen stimulates grass growth and greening. Phosphorous stimulates development of roots and seedlings. Potassium promotes disease and drought resistance.
As weather changes, so too does your lawn have changing needs. In heat of summer, your lawn needs water and little else. In order to survive cold weather, your lawn needs to have healthy roots and so a fertilizer to promote root growth should be applied before cold weather sets in. At other times of year your lawn needs nutrients to enable growth and greening. Weeds also have their own growing seasons so you should fertilize at beginning of various weed growth seasons.
Care of Moth OrchidsWritten by Robert Roy, orchids-plus-more.com
Do you have a knack for being with moths? Most people would say, "no way". Yet, moth orchids that I am talking about are ones that sway nicely in breeze and some of newer hybrids have a nice fragrance. These moths are easy to care for, especially a beginner. These moths are found very frequently in gardens. These are phalaenopsis orchids. Phalaenopsis orchids are one of easiest orchids to care for in a home. Their blooms can last up to 3months and there are some of most colorful hybrids. Like other orchids they require light, water, temperature, fertilizer and humidity. Seems like a lot but it really isn't The best light is indirect light. It can be bright but not direct sunlight. If you have a west facing window sill this will do just fine. Direct sun can damage leaves of moth orchid. Humidity is needed for moth orchids. They actually grow in wild in humid rain forests. In warm months it would be nice to mist them every day or two. They also enjoy a bright bathroom. Let's look at temperatures that phals like. They are an intermediate temperature orchid. This means they like temperatures from 55 to 75 or 80 degrees. As a must, must be a temperature gradient of 10 to 15 degrees for at least 14 days in fall to stimulate their flower spike.