Growing Concerns 762: Lawn repair, smother a bed, invasive groundcover, cool spring

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Grubs and skunks ruined lawn, pages 1-2

Fallow: Simplest cure for bed overrun by groundcover, pages 3-4

Don't be fooled by these deceptive groundcovers, page 3

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Newspaper + mulch + savvy = instant, no-dig garden, pages 4-5Grow762Pg1.jpg

Start now to multiply prize coleus, geranium, fuchsia, pages 5-6

Save time with slow release fertilizer before weeding, page 5

Plants love a cool spring, page 6

More fun in doing a garden than wishing to be "done" 

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This issue was first published 3/29/08, updated 12/1/08

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aerating lawn, grubs' role
bindweed complicates smothering
centipede grass complicates smothering
clearing persistent perennial weeds from a bed
coleus, winter care and propagation
cool spring has advantages
cut back overwintering plants in spring
cut back perennial bed in spring
cuttings from Fuchsia or Coleus
Emerson, Ralph Waldo Emerson quoted
English ivy, Hedera helix
fertilizer, slow release fertilizer
Fuchsia, winter care and propagation
garden is never done
ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea) complicates smothering
grubs as soil aerators
holding bed
horsetail (Equisetum) complicates smothering
Houttuynia cordata, Chameleon
Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)
lawn repair
lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis)
mixed border, removing invasive plants
newspaper, mulch and no-till to prepare a new bed
overwinter tender plants
perennial weeds, removing them from existing bed
quack grass, complicates smothering
rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) winter care and propagation
sand, for plant propagation
scented geranium (Pelargonium) winter care and propagation
smother bed to plant right away
smothering to prepare a new bed
terrarium for plant propagation
thistle complicates smothering
watering cut-back potted plants
weed  is plant virtues not discovered
winter creeper (Euonymus fortunei)
woody plants complicate smothering


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