This past Tuesday, the 3rd, was busy and productive. Armando Pena, Ruby Duecker, Pat Vallone and Barbara Dowdy were kept busy watering, trimming, cleaning sidewalks and hauling tree branches that Sam Castillo cut from the large trees. The City guys dug the large hole and planted the (24 inch box) Monterrey Oak. They all did an exceptionally good job. We are very grateful for all of the volunteers.
This is the time to finish the heavy trimming; hedges, trees, and roses. It is still too early to plant tomatoes and peppers, unless you want to take a chance on another freeze. Just keep covers handy to cover them. To get a head start, transplant small plants into gallon pots. Keep them in a greenhouse or bring them in when the weather turns cold.
Things to do in March:
• Complete digging and dividing perennials.
• Plant leafy and root vegetables. Wait until mid-summer to plant summer and warm season plants.
• Prepare your lawn for fertilizer. Cut the grass lower than usual. Use the same fertilizer for trees and shrubs as you use on the lawn. Organic fertilizer can be put out any time. Chemical fertilizer should be spread when the grass and plants are showing new growth. Use a high nitrogen fertilizer.
• Wait until it is warmer to put out grass seed. Sod may be planted anytime. It must be kept wet until the roots have begun to grow.
• First fruit tree sprays should be made early this month. Do NOT use weed and feed products on your trees and shrubs. It will eventually kill them.
Don’t rush the season; planting too early often results in failure.