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How Does Your Garden Grow?
Another Freeze?
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Posted March 24, 2009 10:00 PM

Do you think we’ll have another freeze? This has been the favorite question this week. Easter is still 3 weeks away; anything can happen. If you want to plant tomatoes, be prepared to cover them. Tomatoes don’t begin to grow until the ground temperature is at least 65 degrees.

You can begin to seed cantaloupe, southern peas, beans, squash, sweet potato slips, cucumbers and pumpkin.

This is a good time to install soaker hose or drip irrigation in your garden. Mulch around plants to prevent weeds in the garden. To add more protection, place several sheets of newspaper beneath the mulch. Do not place the mulch too close to the bark of trees or plants.

Begin to seed buffalo grass or Bermuda grass seed. It must be kept wet until the seed germinates. You may need to water twice a day. If you are installing squares of grass, it is very important to borrow or rent a roller (fill with water) and roll all of the grass. This helps the roots to make contact with the soil and removes air pockets that may cause disease. Keep the grass very wet for at least 10 days or until the roots have made contact. Don’t apply fertilizer until the grass is established. The roots are very tender during this time. The grass is usually fertilized before it is cut in the fields.

Ball moss: Spring is the time for ball moss growth. If you wish to spray to kill it, this is the time. The problem with spraying is it doesn’t remove the moss, it must be done manually. It doesn’t kill the branches, but the moss will eventually keep out the sunlight and the tree becomes ugly. The trees look much better with the moss removed.

TIP: The best insect control is frequent visits to the garden.

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