There are many garden-related tasks and topics that stump people. But truthfully, many are actually quite simple to tackle.
Here are a few questions I’m often asked when I’m working in the field. I hope my answers help you find gardening a little less intimidating and overwhelming.
First, it helps to know what the numbers mean. The numbers correspond to elements and are listed in the following order: nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. The numbers indicate the percentage of each element in relation to the total weight. For example, to know how much nitrogen a 50-pound bag of fertilizer containing 40-0-0 has, you calculate 50 x .40 = 20 pounds of nitrogen.
First, choose one that’s healthy and that actually grows in San Antonio (read the label). Also, note whether it’s for shade or sun, etc. Inspect the roots of your selection carefully. Dig a hole only deep enough to cover the roots of the tree.
This is the brain of your irrigation system, it “tells” it when to water. The majority of controllers have a battery that needs to be replaced every year and they have the following settings:
Every bed in our garden should be covered with about two to three inches of mulch for several reasons:
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David Abrego is a conservation consultant for SAWS. David, a native of Panama, likes to spend his time surrounded by plants and fruit trees. So if you can’t find him at home, he’s probably working in a greenhouse. David is also an arborist and an irrigation technician.
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