Endless Summer is offering kits that could be called "Changing the Color of Hydrangeas for Dummies." (Include me in that category.)
Color Me Pink and Color Me Blue products help safely change the color of your hydrangeas. It's no secret that many big-leaf hydrangeas can change flower color from pink to blue depending on the pH of the soil.
Color Me Pink features pelletized garden lime, and Color Me Blue is pelletized soil sulfur -- both formulations are safer alternatives to other color changing methods. Both products feature a pre-measured scoop and easy-to-understand directions printed right on the waterproof container. Color Me Pink uses garden lime, safely and effectively changing acidic soils to alkaline for pink blossoms. Suggested retail price of $9.95.
Color Me Blue takes your hydrangea blooms from pink to blue. Using soil sulfur, it lowers the pH of your soil, allowing many hydrangea varieties to produce glorious blue blossoms. Suggested retail price of $12.95. Be sure to read and follow the package directions -- remember: More is not better when it comes to soil additives.
My daughter and I weeded the brick patio recently -- an arduous, nail- and knuckle-breaking job. I finally pulled out a couple of tools that helped including a dandelion weeder that has a wooden handle and a metal tip that looks like a snake's forked tongue. I saw a tip recently suggesting using a hoof knife, normally used for cleaning dirt and debris from horses' hoofs. I'll be looking for one of these.
In a search for other ideas, I came across this gem: the Bio V-Groove Weeder by DeWit Tools ($18.95 at www.gardentoolcompany.com).
"Useful for so many garden tasks, the Bio V-Groove weeder is a garden tool that you'll want with you all the time," the product description reads. "While it's great for weeding in confined places and between plantings, it really shines when removing grass and weeds from sidewalk and patio paver cracks."
My daughter will either kill me (because she broke so many nails helping with the last weeding) or hug me (because next summer will be easier!) when she hears I've ordered this tool.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.