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How Does Your Garden Grow?
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 • Posted March 8, 2013 8:55 AM

March is the busiest month of the spring season. There is so much to be done.

You should have finished the rose pruning, along with dead plants cut back and removed to the compost. This is a good month to complete heavy shrub pruning – hedges, etc.

If you use organic fertilizer, you can feed the lawn, shrubs, trees and gardens any time. Organic fertilizer doesn’t have to be watered immediately. It is naturally a slow release, so it doesn’t burn. If you haven’t used an organic before, Medina Groun’ Green and Lady Bug are two of the best I have used. Cheryl at Blanco Gardens usually carries them. If you still use chemical plant food, you should wait closer to April.

Add compost to lawns, gardens, and all trees- fruit and shade. Spread ¼ to ½ inch deep over all of the growing area. It will help to thicken the lawn area and produce better soil for other plants.

Sharpen the mower blades before beginning the mowing season. Dull blades leave ragged and brown grass blades.

Don’t rush the gardening season. Pay close attention to the planting dates on seed packets. Successful gardening means doing the right thing, but it must be done at the right time.

Horticultural oil (Dormant Oil) must be sprayed in late winter. It controls scale and overwintering insects on fruit trees, hollies, Euonymus, Camellia, shade and nut trees. If you have had worms in nuts and fruits, this will help prevent them.

This is daffodil season. Don’t cut the stem but use your thumb and forefinger to snap off the stem at the base so it has a white bottom and place it in water.

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