Well, the weekend is over and we're all back to work. Don't tell the boss, but I'm getting some much needed rest today. I spent the majority of the weekend working in the yard. Gotta admit - it looks pretty good. I was covered in dust and sweat by the time I was done, but was able to edge, weed-eat, trim the hedges, cut the grass, prune
some trees and weed & mulch
two flower beds. Not a bad day's work. I also had a chance to review some of the posts from above. Meodart - Good advice on reading the tags. Those little things are like reading the classified ads in the paper, but still full of useful information. I agree with your claim of being able to pick up similarities between different varieties. It seems like there is a string of basic concepts that runs through all of the plants. Lhearts - Good luck with the dry spots in the yard. If Mother Nature doesn't provide enough rain, you may go broke trying to keep it irrigated with the water hose. Have you considered planting drought
tollerent grass, such as Bermuda Grass. It does well in the shade and dry areas. It will probably work well under your pine trees, too. If you can't get grass to grow under the pine trees you could build a bed there, instead. A few interesting perennials
and colorful annuals
may be just what the area needs. The benefit of the bed over grass is the ability to add mulch
which will help retain moisture.
A special thanks to my new friends at Cottage Farms Direct
for providing me with a copy of useful terms and definitions. Please take a minute to check out their site. Very helpful!