It feels like Spring – maybe it is finally time to get serious about our gardens and landscape. It’s time to apply the second application of insecticide and fungicide (fruit spray) to peach and plum trees as the petals begin to fall. Prepare garden soil for tomatoes, sweet potato slips, southern peas, and melons. Set out annual transplants of flowers, herbs, roses, trees, and shrubs. Mulch all plantings to conserve water. We expect another drought this spring and summer. If you use soaker hoses for irrigation, run a high pressure stream of water through the hose. Calcium deposits will clog the hose.
If you are laying St. Augustine sod or seeding Bermuda or Buffalo grass seed, this is a very good time to get started. Be sure to keep the seed and sod wet for several days, but don’t fertilize for about six weeks; the roots are very tender and they will burn.
If you have an established lawn, it’s time to fertilize. Use the same fertilizer for the trees, shrubs, and lawns. If you haven’t used an organic fertilizer, try Medina Growin’ Green. It will smell like a chicken pen for a couple of days, but it is slow release and you won’t have to worry about it burning the plants or lawn if you don’t water it right away. If you are planning your flower beds, include vegetable plants and herbs. If you are a tea drinker, plant a herbal tea garden with lemon balm, lemon verbena, Anise hyssop, and peppermint. If you don’t have a garden spot, use containers. It is amazing the things you can grow in pots. If you are doing tomatoes, make sure the pot is large enough to hold a tomato cage. It is time to re-pot house plants; trim and check for disease and insects. Treat any problem before placing them inside the house. Add fresh potting soil and plant food.
The ants are back! Read the latest issue of Co-op magazine – the story of the ant and tiny Phorid fly is interesting. This little fly has been in the testing stage for many years and it looks like it’s time has come. The fly attacks the ant, lays eggs in the head and kills the ant.
Watch the magazine for more information.