GARDENING TIPS FOR MARCH 2016

March in Your Garden

  • Instant Color- This is the time of year to plant Ranunculus and take advantage of their prolific blooming cycle (mass color for about three months). We have some new colors as well.
  • Work in the Garden – Get your spring garden ready for planting by cleaning all beds of debris and old, dead plants.  Lightly cut ground covers.  This is the most important month to fertilize.  We recommend an organic granular fertilizer such as Gro-Power and a water soluble spray such as Miracle Gro.

  • Bedding Plants – Start planting annuals such as, Alyssum, Marigold, Petunia, Lobelia, Gazania, Dianthus and Lobelia for the summer garden. For those shadier areas, use Begonias, Fuchsias, Impatiens and Primroses.     

  • Vegetables & Herbs – Plant vegetables such as tomato, pepper, chives, onions, and lettuce.  Plant herbs such as basil, parsley, dill, cilantro, and mints.   

  • Fruiting Plants – Plant fruit trees. This in the best month for selection of stone fruit. Choose from apple, peach, nectarine, plum, pear, apricots, persimmon, and pomegranate. Citrus and avocado are just about ready for planting as well.  oranges, lemons, tangerines, kumquat, limes, grapefruit, and avocado are all available. Be sure to ask about planting do’s and don’ts for fruit trees.      

  • Lawns – This is the best month to begin work on your lawn.  Rake, fertilize and reseed bare spots.  Fertilize with Gro-Power a 3-1-2 fertilizer, then switch to high nitrogen foods once a month until summer.  Fertilize when the grass blades are dry and the soil is moist. Immediately after application water thoroughly.  See our page on sod (insert link) for variety info.

  • Roses – Now is the peak time to buy container roses as they are in full bloom and you can see exactly what you are buying.  Remove buds on existing plants to encourage more blooms.  Remove dead and diseased sections.  Continue spraying with a fungicide.  Mid-month begin using treatment as needed for mites.  Remove weak, inward growth and suckers that won’t bloom.  Pinch off side-buds of hybrid tea roses for larger blossoms.  Fertilize every six weeks.

  • Houseplants – Repot older plants with fresh potting soil such as Edna’s Best.  Take advantage of Evergreen Nursery’s great house plant pricing to replace or add new indoor or outdoor plants. We will be receiving ourr 2016 plants in a week or two. .

  • Pest Control – Keep spraying aphids and spider mites to keep them under control.  Gophers are breeding now so it is important that you trap, flood or bait them. If you have a weed problem, your best bet it to pull them regularly, then spray with a pre-emergent herbicide like Amaze or Preen to prevent new seeds from germinating.  Apply broad-leaf weed controls to keep crabgrass from lawns.  Bait for snails and slugs around new plantings. Sluugo is a pet friendly snail bait. 

 

Before New Plants Take Off

 

  • Spring is the time for everything from major landscaping projects to minor gardening fix-ups.  For a healthier, more productive garden, this is the most important month for fertilizing.

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