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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Jerome has been answering questions for customers since 1978. If you don't see the question you're looking for here, send Jerome an e-mail and he'll get back to you as soon as possible. Be sure to mention where you are located so he can answer your questions with more precision.

Question:

What should I do when the blooms die on my flowers?

Answer:

All flowers need to be disbudded to promote additional blooming. However, don't just pull off the blossom; remove the seed head, also. Go ahead and remove the bloom down to the stem.
Question: Is there anything special I should know before planting potted plants?
Answer: Don't forget to scratch the roots to loosen the soil around them. But follow this simple rule: Don't scratch the roots any harder than you would scratch your head. (Please Note: This rule was made up by a bald guy!)

Question:

When should I fertilize my lawn?

Answer:

Fertilizer can be applied from the 1st of March throughout the growing season at six- to eight-week intervals. After all the leaves are gone from the trees, you should apply a winterizer fertilizer.
Question: What do the numbers on fertilizer sacks mean?
Answer:

The first number is the amount of nitrogen, which affects above-ground growth and aids in foliage color.

The second number is the amount of phosphorus, which affects rooting and blooming. It aids in vigor of the plant and quantity of foliage and fruit.

The third number is the amount of potash, which boosts the output of the plant. However, soil along the Front Range is naturally high in potash, so this is not a significant factor. Potash is a scarce mineral which occurs naturally in the ground. It is principally used as a source of potassium, which all cultivated plants need to be able to grow.

Question:

My soil is nothing but good old Colorado clay. What can I do?

Answer:

The key to gardening in Colorado is soil. Apply 3 inches of organics on top of your clay soil, which should be rototilled to a 6- to 10-inch depth. We recommend Nature's Yield® Compost.

Question:

I found worms on my plants. What should I do?

Answer:

Use Ferti-lome Dipel Dust ® (Bacillus Thuringiensis) for tomato hornworms and cabbageworms. It should also be used for tobacco budworms, which are normally found on petunias and geraniums.

Question:

I have ants on my plants! What can I use to get rid of them?

Answer:

Ants LOVE aphids. Ants on your plants is a sign your plant has aphids. The leaves will also be sticky. We recommend you use Sevin®, which is an insecticide.

Remember, ants by themselves do no damage. On the other hand, they're not capable of making peonies bloom, an old wives' tale you may have heard.