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How Does Your Garden Grow?
Beginning of April
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 • Posted March 25, 2008 10:00 PM

The end of March and the beginning of April brings a change in the planting season. It is still a little early to set out transplants without preparing for another quick freeze. Keep buckets or row cloth ready to cover plants.

Now is the time to apply a second application of insecticide and fungicide spray as peach and plum petals fall.

Add organic mulch around trees and woody plants to help retain water and keep away weeds. Don’t put it too close to the stems and bark. Add soaker hoses to your flower beds and garden. You will cover them with mulch later, for appearances.

If Ball Moss is a problem in your trees, spray with a copper fungicide or use a baking soda and water mix (2 oz. per 1 gallon of water). It won’t make it fall from the trees, it kills the new roots. It must be removed by hand.

If you are mowing your lawn for the first time this spring, lower the blade one or two levels. This will remove the dead and brown leaves from the past season. If you have an excess of thatch build up, the low setting will help remove the thatch, also use Medina-Plus spray to the lawn and it helps to dissolve the thatch.

It is still to early to seed Bermuda grass and buffalo grass seed. The soil needs to be 50-65 degrees before it will germinate. April is the time to begin the spring fertilizing. If you use chemical fertilizer, it must be watered after the application.

If you are using an organic fertilizer with a 3-1-2 ratio, slow release organic fertilizer is slow release by nature, and it won’t burn the lawn.

Fertilize container plants, indoor and outdoor with a complete balanced plant food 2-3 time a month.

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