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Dollarweed a sign of overwatering

A sure sign that you are overwatering your St. Augustine lawn: Dollarweed!

These round, shiny leaves the size of a silver dollar are a serious weed problem that can gobble up lawns in no time. Adjust your irrigation system so that lawns receive about 1 inch of water per week. Experts at the University of Florida discourage the use of chemicals to kill this weedy pest. Instead, they recommend removing dollarweed by hand.

Ladybugs can help get rid of pests

Need help ridding your yard of pests? Let ladybugs help. These little red and black insects feast on aphids and other garden pests. You can attract them to your yard by planting some of their favorites, including flowers such as angelica, coreopsis, cosmos, dandelions and geraniums, along with herbs such as cilantro, dill and fennel.

Reuse toilet paper rolls for gardens

Don't toss those empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls, which can be recycled for garden use, urge visitors to's cheap gardening forum. When cut in 3- to 4-inch sections, they can be used instead of pots for starting new plants from seed. Stuff crumpled newspaper into the bottom end of each tube, set upright in a tray and fill with potting soil and seeds. When seedlings are ready to plant, place tubes directly in the ground where they will decompose.

Yvonne Swanson, Times correspondent

Gardening tips 07/10/09 [Last modified: Friday, July 10, 2009 4:30am]
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