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Spring Has Sprung – Now Let’s Have Fun!

Spring is here and here to stay! All our plants are starting to put on new growth and many of the azaleas around town are already in full bloom.

Spring is the time to plant. Whether you are putting out some color annuals, working in the perennial bed, replacing or adding structural plants like shrubs and trees, or adding fruiting plants to your personal outdoor paradise – Spring is the time to do it.

March Maintenance

Work up your beds. Build up the natural nutrition for your plants by adding organics. Natural composted additions like Composted Peat Moss, Mushroom Compost and Composted Manure are some of the fantastic additions to incorporate into your soil. Expanded Shale is the gardeners best friend. When added to your soils it creates air space for your plant roots helping to keep them healthy and strong. Finally, Mulch to minimize the evaporation of water this summer and these next few months to prevent unwanted weeds in your beds and around trees and shrubs. Mulch a minimum of 2 inches. There are many types and colors to choose from. The difference is just preference and some of the wood types tend to last longer than others (cypress and cedar).

Shape your hedges. If you haven’t already, give any leggy roses in the yard a trim. Pruning will encourage them to fill out and be better bloomers. If the azaleas in your yard have finished blooming, it is time to trim. Spring flowering shrubs should be trimmed, if needed, as soon as they finish their period of bloom. All hedging shrubs should be shaped this time of year.

Vegetable garden time.

Till in some organics, make your beds and plant. Remember to rotate crop locations to help prevent diseases. If you Vegetable Garden in containers, renew your container soil. Many container gardeners put last year’s soil into a compost pile to recycle with new soil. This compost that is left over is a great addition to flower beds around the house.

Give Your Lawn A Boost

March is when you start to fertilize but now it is time to put down your pre-emergent herbicide to keep spring weeds from germinating later. There are certain weed killers you can use this time of year, just be sure to check with us to find out what is the best option for you, depending on severity of the problem.

Give your lawn a boost. It is time to dress the yard with a medium amount of nitrogen. Many retail lawn fertilizers have a very high amount of nitrogen. This is not needed as our lawn is just starting up. When shopping for fertilizer, Nitrogen % is the first number listed on the bag. Look for something no higher than around 16. The high number fertilizers, when applied this time of year are wasteful and harmful to the environment, as half or more of the nitrogen is just runoff and not used by your lawn. **Organic fertilizers are a great alternative to commercial fertilizers.

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