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Southeast Gardening: Little Helpers

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Whether planting, watering or planning a path, here are some ideas from Lowe's Southeast region garden contributor Linda Askey.

 Lime Wasabi coleus  grows out of the tall pot and the ground.

By Linda Askey

We each have our own ways of doing things. Over the years I have tried little experiments in my garden. Successful experiments quickly became habits. Here are a few that have worked for me.

Wasabi coleus lights up the garden with lime green.

Plant Outside the Pot
Not all of my planters are on paved surfaces. Some are in beds where I want immediate height, emphasis , or just better soil. I like to repeat a container plant in the soil below. It seems to give the pot a sense of belonging and longevity, as if the plant had reseeded.

The difference in texture and color between wood chips and pine needles makes the path obvious.

Contrast Surfaces for Definition
Most of my garden paths are unpaved, but maintained. I spread wood chips or pine bark onto the path. Pine needles mulch the beds. The resulting contrast defines the beds and keeps meandering feet on the path.

A breaker nozzle gives plants a gentle shower.

Break the Water, Not the Plant
Nozzles come in all shapes and sizes, and they have different purposes. A pressure nozzle rarely has a place at the end of my hose. For me it is a breaker nozzle - that is with a showerhead. Watering plants with a breaker is like having rain on demand. A breaker-and-wand combination has the same result with greater reach for wide beds and hanging plants.

A water stop cuts off the water at the end of the hose, so you don't waste water and time by going back to the faucet.

Save Water, Take Fewer Trips to the Faucet
A water stop is a little thumb valve that sits at the end of a hose before the nozzle or sprinkler. I find it helpful to be able to change from sprinkler to breaker without going back and forth to the faucet.


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