Spring is soon upon us. We hope you are as excited as we are to start pulling weeds and reviving the lawn.
Here are some tips for those who are planning on getting started this month from garden expert, Angel:
Why fertilize? It’s important to get a jump on fertilizing in February because soon the weeds will be sprouting and you’ll want to stimulate strong healthy grass in order to eliminate weed growth later on in the season. Let your lawn fight the weeds for you.
If you haven’t applied Lime to your lawn in the past 9 months, then please do so now. Your grass will thank you. Lime is composed of calcium, which allows your soil to absorb more nutrients like fertilizer. As an added bonus, Lime helps discourage moss growth. On that note…
Let’s talk about Moss. It’s a fact. We live in the Northwest and moss is inevitable. You want to make sure to rake up as much moss possible early on so it won’t choke out the grass you currently have. For all the remaining moss, consider an application of Ferrous Sulfate. After killing moss, you’re lawn will need to be fertilized. This will allow the remaining grass to grown strong so by March and April, you’ll be ready to fill in any bare patches with new seed.
Fruit Trees & Shrubs
February is your last chance for pruning fruit trees, deciduous shrubs and evergreens. Prune them before any growth begins. However, don’t prune heavy on forsythia, lilacs, honey suckles, rhododendrons, etc. those need to wait until the after the growth has started. Also now is the time to fertilize your fruit trees.
Now is the best time to apply Dormant spray to fruit trees. It will kill any fungus spores that may have been left over from last year and help control most insect problems. Other insects like apple maggots and coddling moths may need to be dealt with later in the season.
Now is the time to decide what color you wish your hydrangea to be this year. If it’s feeing a little too blue and you think it needs a splash of pink or purple tones, apply lime to the soil. If your plant is already pink or purple and you would like to bring out the beautiful blue, apply aluminum sulfate to the soil. Also a really nice color is that deep purple, super phosphate is perfect for that.
Mid to late February is the best time to start tomatoes from seed. Start them now and you will have monster plants by May first. For the best seed selection, you’ll want to shop early.
Taking the time now to follow these simple tips will be a great way to get your spring season started. Come visit our garden experts for more tips and advice to help with your landscaping and gardening needs.
Added on 01/28/2010
Home & Garden by agrishop
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