Hardwood floor tips, gardening tips and rose lecture: AM Links for Friday … – The Plain Dealer

H18AMLINKS6728.JPGView full sizeLearn how to refresh hardwood floors in an article on the Mother Earth News website.

LOWDOWN ON FLOORS: Hardwood flooring can be a cost-effective choice over carpet, especially if the wood floors only need refreshing, says Mother Earth News’ Guide to Installing Hardwood Flooring. This article covers the anatomy of a floor, laying down the boards, installation and finishing touches.

Read the complete article here.

GARDENING TIPS: “Really healthy plants start with really healthy seedlings,” explains John Kempf, founder and CEO of Advancing Eco Agriculture in Middlefield. Kempf specializes in optimizing plant health and soil biology to increase crop yield and nutrients.

Here are some of his best tips for home growers:

Go Short: “Instead of buying the largest seedlings, get the ones with the shortest, sturdiest stems,” Kempf says. Look for tomato seedlings that are 6 inches tall.

Performance-Enhancing Hugs: A biological fertilizer such as compost tea, liquid seaweed, kelp meal or alfalfa meal should be used when transplanting. This will provide minerals to the plant and improve soil.

It’s Better to Wait: Only use insecticides, herbicides and fungicide when you have a problem, not before.

ROSE LECTURE:  David Shetlar presents “Managing Insect and Mite Pests of Ohio-Grown Roses” at a meeting of the Western Reserve Rose Society at 7 p.m. Monday, April 28 at the North Royalton Library.

Shetlar will discuss the major insect and mite pests that Ohio rose growers deal with, including rose midge, rose slugs, Japanese beetle adults and spider mites. He will provide information about insecticides and miticides.

The library is located at 5071 Wallings Road, North Royalton. The event is free; register by calling the library at Lori Hilfer (440) 582-4310.

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