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March Gardening Checklist

March Gardening Checklist
Posted March 26th, 2016 @ 3:32am


-Visit the garden stores to see what’s new for 2016.

-Spring cleanup! Rake debris from beds, re-edge, and fluff up existing mulch.

-Cut back ornamental grasses, grind and toss into the compost pile. No compost pile? Get one started!

-Rake or pull Henbit, Chickweed, Purslane and Hairy Bittercress from beds and bare areas in lawns before they flower and go to seed.

-An excellent month for transplanting trees and shrubs, digging and dividing perennials, as well as planting new trees, shrubs and perennials.

-Add spring color by planting pansies, violas, primrose, and other cold hardy bloomers. -Dormant spray fruit trees and other plants as needed with Bonide’s ‘Horticultural Oil’. Continue seasonal spraying as needed with “Fruit Tree Spray”. Dormant prune as needed.

-Clean containers to prepare for container gardening. In March, start with cold hardy greens, as well as potatoes, peas, and many root crops as the soil warms.

-Late March / early April, begin to uncover plants that have been mulched and protected against winter damages. Look to move container plants being over wintered in the garage back outside.

-Get the mower serviced! As the lawn begins to green, go ahead and give it that first mowing of the season (usually late March).

-Feed the birds, and get those Hummingbird feeders out as they begin to move back into our yards.

-Use Deer repellents now to keep those deer moving on. ‘Deer Scram’, ‘Repels All’, “Liquid Fence” all can help. For repelling moles try using ‘MoleMax’ or ‘MoleScram’. -Make sure you soil is dry enough before tilling. Tilling wet soils will cause clumping which may not breakdown until fall.

-Gardening with straw bales? Get them in place to begin their “cooking” process, so they’ll be ready for May planting (or earlier if growing greens).

-Depending on the weather, mid to late March may be time to get weeds under control before they get started. Apply ‘Preen’, ‘Preen Organic’ or ‘Espoma Corn Gluten’ for pre emergent weed seed control in the landscape beds. Also apply a pre emergent to lawns for crabgrass and other weed seed control. If you’re spring seeding the lawn (or dormant seeded), use a pre emergent specially formulated for ‘newly seeded lawns’, or apply a pre emergent later in the spring after the seed is up and growing. Crabgrass and other weeds will ‘start’ germinating when the air and soil temperatures become 50-55 degrees consistently. So watch the weather and soil temps when judging times to apply pre emergent herbicides.

-Make your landscape plans now.

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