Spring is almost here! There are many tasks to do before spring planting begins. Be sure to check out some of the new 2011 All-American Selections of plants and the upcoming April garden calendar as well as other yard and garden ideas.
- Time to spray random growing dandelions, chickweed, and henbit
- Late march and mid April is the time to apply a crabgrass preventer
- If you have bluegrass and tall fescue grass, you can seed areas that need over-seeding.
- Fertilize bluegrass and tall fescue if you did not do so in the fall.
- Mow your grass down to ½ inch to get rid of unwanted winter debris.
- Plant cold tolerant plants such as pansies, calendula, and snapdragons.
- Perennials can be divided and planted.
- Cut back all dead foliage and remove to clean out flower beds.
- Compost and organic matter can be added to prepare beds for the new planting season.
- Fertilize plants when growth appears.
- Seeds can be started indoors preferably under lights for transplanted later.
- Remove layered winter mulch from your roses.
- Time to plant new roses
- Cut back ornamental grasses to 5 inches of the ground.
- Tulips, daffodils, and other spring bulbs can be fertilized.
- Destroy old foliage from iris before new growth begins to guard against iris borers.
- Keep any mail order plants cool and moist until planting.
MARCH TREES and SHRUBS
- Prune all trees, with the exception of maple, birch, and walnut. Prune them after they leaf out.
- Wait to prune spring flowering shrubs until after they bloom.
- Place up to 4” of mulch around trees and shrub plantings. Avoid mulching around trunks.
- Fertilize shrubs and trees
- Time to plant new trees
- Young trees that have tree wraps should have wraps removed.
- Clean all ground cover plantings by raking and clearing off.
MARCH VEGETABLES and FRUITS
- Get ready for spring planting by preparing your soil.
- Before fertilizing do a soil test to check your soil. If not, put 1-2 lbs. Of 10-10-10 per 100 sq.ft.
- Start indoor seeds for warm season plants such as tomatoes, and peppers.
- Plant: potatoes, peas, onions, lettuce and other salad crops.
- Plant: Asparagus, rhubarb, and strawberries.
- Plant: (In late March) cauliflower, broccoli, and cabbage.
- Remove straw or mulch from strawberries when they begin growing.
- To reduce mites and scale, apply a dormant oil to fruit plantings.
- Apply a fungicide application to control peach leaf curl.
- Complete any pruning needed for fruit trees, grapes, raspberries, and blackberries.
- Make sure your garden tools or nice and sharp.
- Repair any tools are equipment that is in need of repair.