Soil Solarization Kills Weeds, Pests.

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Jun 30 2020 27 mins   2

Maybe the only sunny area you have for a garden is currently a lawn. How about reducing the size of that lawn and converting it to a food and flower producing garden? Or, maybe you’re trying to get rid of persistent weeds in a current garden. Or maybe your soil has pests or diseases such as nematodes or verticillium wilt. This is the time of year to tackle all those tasks…with soil solarization. 

Were going to tell you how to heat up the soil to kill off an unwanted lawn, do away with bermudagrass, and thwart soil borne pests and diseases, resulting in some of the best soil you’ve ever had, using clear plastic. Soils expert Steve Zien has the tips. Here's what we did in our own yard.

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Don’t be in a hurry to pick apples from your backyard trees. In many cases, the longer you wait, the better they taste, and that is especially true for one particular very popular apple variety that is probably harvested two months too soon.

And as you stroll through the garden, maybe you’re noticing some wilting plants, browning leaves or lack of growth. Our favorite retired college horticulture professor, Debbie Flower, has a quick tip on solving a very common problem in yards and gardens: ignored irrigation systems. Make sure your drip irrigation on-off valves are open!

It’s all part of Episode 24 of Garden Basics with Farmer Fred. Get comfortable on the clear plastic sheeting and give us a listen.

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