I'll imagine that if you're like me your flowerbeds have pretty well been burnt up and dried up by now and they don't look too good. They're completely dead like that and the petunias are kind of faded out, or they're getting long and lanky. We need to pull that ugliness out and plant us a little beauty that will last all year.
Now about the only thing that can be tolerated in the heat of the summer, such as we have now, with a spectacular bloom that will make it worth while that is planted this time of year, is a new flower, a new annual, which is a marigold, that we call Mari-mum. We call it this because the flower on it looks just like a mum. In fact, it's bigger than any other mum than we've seen.
It's called Mari-mum and it's available in your local nursery. There are several types available. There's a little short yellow one called the Discovery Yellow, and then there is the Discovery Orange - there's a beautiful orange one too.
Now the video you are seeing now are these Mari-mums that are actually planted in the field, in late July-the last week in July to the first couple of weeks of August. It's planted out in the field and its watered just like you would water a field crop. Also keep in mind that the beautiful blooms you are seeing now, none of the old blooms have been removed. They cover the old blooms so you don't have to de-bud them. They are spectacular plants, they are tough, and they are insect and disease resistant and have never been sprayed with an insecticide.
Now you say, 'what about spider mites? Spider mites are known to get on marigolds.' Now that's true, so what you need to do is clean out your bed thoroughly and remove the entire mite population if it exists there. Then when you plant your Mari-mums in late July and the first couple of weeks in August, they won't have a population that can build back up before the temperatures get cool and the mite population cannot expand as fast. So the Mari-mums, and there is also a taller one, that you might need a little background is called Voyager Yellow. You've got Voyager Yellow, Discovery Yellow, and Discovery Orange this year.
Of course you have to give them a break, don't plant them in the shade; the best thing is to plant them in full sun. Also fertilize them and work your bed up, with a slow release fertilizer. That we were talking about a little bit earlier.
So regardless of how you plant them, sometimes you get into a grass situation. This marigold out here has obviously been overtaken by grass. Now you can either get in there and try to pull that Bermuda grass out which might hurt your back or hurt your marigolds or one of the other. Or you can use a new product a wonderful product that's on the market, called Grass-Be-Gone. It contains a product called Fusilane, which will kill all grasses but will not kill broadleaves and will not kill flowers.
So if you've got an ugly mess like that and you're lazy like I am, you just reach over and give it a shot of this stuff. Don't worry about getting it on the foliage of anything else, and just get it on the grass, wet the grass just a little bit and in 2 weeks, or maybe a little longer you will see that grass die and turn brown to the roots.
Now the only problem with this is that it only kills the grasses. Now as you can see I have applied it a couple of weeks ago and of course tomato is a broad leaf and it didn't even hurt it either. It killed the grass right in front of the tomato and didn't even hurt the tomato. But, look over here where I applied it before, and there is a broadleaf weed in there. So if you run into a situation where you've got a lot of broadleaf weeds, this stuff won't work. This is only good for grasses. If that's the case then you need to use some Round Up or Glysophate products, such as Round Up and Clean UP.
Now keeping in mind that this stuff only kills grasses, this is a wonderful product to use on groundcovers where you've got Bermuda grass in the groundcovers, which is sure hard to get out and like I said, it kills them to the root. So now we've got something that has a wonderful flower that we can use in the heat of the summer a give a spring bloom all the way until Halloween and past and we've got a way to keep the grass out of it and beautify the landscape that certainly needs it this time of year.
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