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Tidewater Gardening by about half to reduce their fall height and make them fuller. Divide and transplant iris now so they will have a long growing season and a better chance of blooming next year. Cut off and discard the older part of the rhizome that does not have the white fleshy roots. Also, prune out any diseased or mushy parts of the rhizome. Cut the leaves back to six inches so they don’t blow over. Your rose garden might also need some attention to keep the plants healthy and flowering. If you have climbing roses, know that they don’t really “climb” ~ they have long canes that require support. You will

need to loosely tie the canes to trellises with broad strips of materiallike cloth, cut-up old panty hose, or foam-covered wire. Do not use bare wire, as it can damage the cane. Control black spot and powdery mildew on rose foliage with a labeled fungicide. One way to reduce these problems is to not water the leaves, but direct-water the base of the plant. Roses in bloom are heavy feeders, so fertilize your roses at monthly intervals with either granular or liquid fertilizer. Inspect plants frequently for pests such as spider mites, aphids and Japanese beetles. Control with a labeled insecticide. For Japanese beetles, do not use the beetle traps. All they do is invite all the other beetles from surrounding yards. You might get a sense of control, emptying the bags of dead beetles, but research has shown that in the long run, Japanese beetle traps are not effective. Whether in the flower bed or the vegetable garden, it is very important to keep up with removing

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