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Spring Gardening Tips

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

It’s spring! Now is the time to ready your garden landscape for the months to come. Here are some great tips on how to get your garden ready for spring.

  1. Prepare beds for summer annuals, perennials and vegetable gardens.
  2. Monitor new growth on plants to check for early insect activity.
  3. Fertilize perennial beds
  4. Divide perennials like hostas, iris, and daylilies if they are overcrowded.
  5. Transplant shallow-rooted shrubs if they need to be relocated.
  6. Scalp warm-season turf
  7. Aerate warm-season turf after 80% green-up
  8. Sharpen all mower blades and pruning tools
  9. Examine warm-season turf for thin areas and top dress with sand and soil mixture
  10. Prune flowering shrubs after they bloom
  11. Make sure irrigation systems are pressurized and functional
  12. Fertilize shrubs and trees with a granular slow-release fertilizer
  13. Deep root fertilize trees that are unhealthy
  14. Deep root or drench boxwoods
  15. Apply pre-emergent to turf and beds to help prevent summer weeds
  16. Hand pull any unwanted tree seedlings from beds and groundcovers
  17. Prune new growth of English ivy from trees and shrubs
  18. Make sure you can identify poison ivy
  19. Set a goal to do more hand pulling of weeds rather than spraying
  20. Try an organic program this year on your turf or plants
  21. Limit use of insecticides and choose safer remedies
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5 Spring Gardening Tips

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

5 Essential Spring Gardening Tasks for the Month of March.

  Every gardener needs to do these 5 things this time of year.

  1. Pruning – Early spring is a great time to perform dormant pruning. By dormant I mean the plant material has not leafed out yet.  Typically crepe myrtles, roses, and ornamental grasses can be pruned at this time.  This is also an excellent time to deep hand prune evergreen shrubs.  Deep pruning is when we go into the interior of the plant and make cuts so the plant will grow from the inside.  This keep the plant from getting leggy of having no interior growth.
  2. Mulching – Mulching with either pine straw or wood or bark mulches needs to be done at this time. Remember to remove leaves from bed areas and under plants before mulching.  Mulch is applied to insulate plant root systems, retain moisture, control weeds and to add beauty.  When installing mulch apply at a depth of 2 to 3 inches.

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  3. Fertilization – Apply slow release fertilizer to trees and shrubs. Usually you will use 1 teaspoon of fertilizer per foot of height.
  4. Planting – Early spring is a great time to plant new trees and shrubs. The weather is very cool this time of year making this task enjoyable.  The material you plant also will need minimal watering as we typically receive excellent rainfall this time of year in the South.
  5. Prepare your equipment – Make sure your mower is properly serviced so it will run well throughout the summer season. Have the mowers blades sharpened. Have all pruning equipment sharpened and well oiled.  Refill gas cans with new fuel if fuel has set all winter.

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