March

Time to apply Dormant Oil. With the recent period of warm weather, many hardy shrubs and perennials have started to green up. This is a welcome site for most of us, including pesky little critters like aphids and spider mites. Many pests have been dormant all winter and are beginning to wake up with a voracious appetite. Now is the time to apply Fertilome Scalecide Dormant Oil to zap annoying aphids, mites and scale on ornamental and fruit trees and shrubs. Fruit trees, shrubs and vines can also be pruned now. Come in and talk to our knowledgeable staff on all your gardening needs.

Get Into the Garden. Weather permitting, now is the perfect time to get into the garden. It's time to get outside and enjoy the tulips. While out, take the opportunity to do some digging. Sunny days have warmed the soil. If you haven't added organic matter to the vegetable garden, do it now so you are ready for those early crops like peas, potatoes, and many leafy greens. Now is a good time to clean up those perennials beds, cut back all dead growth and work a little organic matter with a balanced slow release fertilizer into the soil. Top off with a new layer of mulch. Stop by and see a large selection of soil conditioners, mulches and fertilizer and visit with our garden center experts.

Time to fertilize lawn. Spring is officially here at the end of March. If you have been out in the garden lately, you will have noticed most things beginning to show signs of new growth, including weeds. Now is a good time to apply a pre-emergent to your lawn and gardens to catch persistent weeds before they germinate. Fertilome Crabgrass Preventer plus Lawn Food is the first step to the perfect lawn. It stops crabgrass and other weedy annual grasses before they germinate. For perennial flower beds, apply Fertilome Weed & Grass Preventer after you have finished spring cleaning. Stop by and talk to our friendly garden experts about our 4 step lawn care program.

It's a great time to feed your evergreens. We recommend using Fertilome Evergreen Food. This water soluble plant food is especially formulated to supply nutrients needed for growing healthy evergreens. Evergreens have shallow root systems, so it is easy for their roots to be above the ground moisture level. Winter watering during dry spells and a bark mulch ground cover will help maintain moisture close to the surface. Evergreens continue to grow year 'round, so we recommend an early Spring feeding and a Fall feeding.

It's time to plant the vegetable garden. Prepare your beds with "Back-to-Earth" compost. Rake in the compost 4" - 6" into the soil, water and let rest for one week before planting. Use Wall O'Water towers to protect tomatoes and pepper starts in early Spring. Use a grow cover to protect other sprouts from cool evening temperatures, uncover during sunny days. Due to our short growing season, get a head start by planting early using these tips.

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