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How Does Your Garden Grow?
A Perfect Texas Spring
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 • Posted March 30, 2010 10:00 PM

Spring Fever has hit most of the folks I talk with. It has been a perfect Texas spring. You never know from one day till the next what to expect. Did you ever see so many weeds? The thistles, oxalis, and Henbit are doing double duty. To take care of the weeds, we are mowing at the lowest setting on the mower. Make sure the mower blades have been properly sharpened. If you are an organic gardener, use a mixture of vinegar (1 gallon) and a half cup of orange oil; spray only the weeds. Fertilize with an organic fertilizer such as Lady Bug, Growin’ Green, or Gardenville. There are others but I’m familiar with these names.

If you use chemical products, spray with Round-Up, Spectracide or Weed-Be-Gone for broader weeds. Spray only the weeds; it will damage the grass or any plants that it hits. Be sure the wind isn’t blowing and it isn’t going to rain for 24 hours. Wait 2-3 weeks before fertilizing the lawn. Most people suggest waiting until you have mowed the grass twice before feeding (not weeds, but grass). Organic fertilizer doesn’t need to be watered in, but chemical fertilizer should be watered as soon as possible.

Continue to cut the lawn regularly, before the plant goes to seed. One sure way to eliminate the weeds is with a little elbow grease ...pull them out or use a hoe.

It is time to prepare our houseplants to go outside. Many will need to be trimmed, repotted, and checked for disease and insects. Move the plants outside each day for a short time. Place them in the shade, move into the sun slowly. Any time the temperature is below 40 degrees, it can damage the plant.

Before the garden plants begin to grow is the perfect time to place the soaker hose or drip irrigation.

If you plan to spread grass seed, it is still too early. The ground temperature is still too cold for the seed to germinate. Once seeds begin to germinate, the area will need to be kept damp to keep the grass growing.

Spring is time for ball moss growth. If you want to spray the trees to remove the moss, this is the time. The bad thing about spraying is it doesn’t remove the moss. It must removed manually.

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