Getting ready for Spring (since it still feels like winter here!)

It's been raining for about 72 hours straight here in Chicagoland. Since the ground is saturated with rain I took the opportunity to quickly plant up some new shrubs & perennials. I planted up Pieris japonica "Purity", Erica darleyenis "Mediterranean Pink" and Rododendron "Aglo" along with Lithodora "Grace Ward".

I also moved a bunch of the seedlings from the house out into the cold frame. I have a nasty infestation of fungus gnats, so last night I watered them with a watering can of mosquito dunk infused water to help kill the larva. We'll see if that works. I did a bunch of research on the internet and other than practically starving the plants to death by letting the soil get super dry the mosquito dunk tip seems to be the most agreed upon. Such annoying little things!

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Comment by Katya on April 22, 2009 at 6:19pm
Thanks for the wet soil advise Lisa! That makes total sense and I will try to avoid it in the future now that I know this.
Comment by Lisa on April 22, 2009 at 4:43am
I hope your plants do great but just for future reference. Soil should never be disturbed while its wet. It disturbes the microbrial balance and doesnt make for good planting. You open your plants up to to many diseases like root rot depending on the plant. I know it seems like it would make sense since you wouldnt have to water much. But your actually killing many plant beneficials in the soil. Your plants will probably be fine but just try to avoid it in the future

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