Willing hardy hibiscus out of the ground! And what’s this about Roundup for lawns?

Mon. May. 8, 2017

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Every Spring I tour my landscape and am always thrilled to see new growth!  But I wait and I wait for my hardy Hibiscus.  She’s that friend that is ALWAYS late, but still, you hold out hope!  Last week I saw a TINY spec of growth!  Wahoo, normally, in Zone 4, these beauties don’t show up to the party until late May or early June!  They bloom in July and August.  I’ve had a few varieties in previous homes.

Hibiscus ‘Luna White’ May 2017

Last year I bought ‘Luna White’, a dwarf cultivar with 8 inch white flowers with a red center.  It grows to 3 feet tall and is lovely!  You can cut back last year’s growth to the ground.  The flowers last for but a day but these bushes are prolific bloomers revealing flowers every day, up to a hundred in a season!  What she WILL look like!

I’m switching gears now as there’s been a lot of recent chatter about a new product from Scott’s called Roundup for lawns.  We’re used to this product killing everything because of it’s active ingredient, glyphosate.  So why would we buy something like that for our lawns?  Well, it’s not really Roundup.  Scott’s is taking the liberty of using a widely known name of one of the most effective herbicides, and putting something else in the bottle.  There’s actually a chemical mix that’s common in many products.  Lawn expert Sam Bauer with the U of MN says if you use it, be sure you double check the label.

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