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IN THE GARDEN with DOUG - MARCH GARDENING CHORES

Finally, March is here.  We have had such a mild winter so far.  I wish I had a crystal ball to see what our weather will be for the month of March.  As you can see driving around we have plants breaking dormancy and beginning to bloom.  I would venture to say that our plants are a week or two  ahead of schedule which goes to prove that we need to follow Mother Nature and not just a calendar to tell us what needs to be done and when.  I took a soil temperature reading on Monday, February 27 and our soil temperature is reading 60 degrees now.  Being that our soil temperature is this warm tells me that we will have a lot of plant growth early this year.
ALERT!!!               PLEASE WATCH THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR ANY POSSIBLE HARD FREEZING DAYS OR NIGHT.  TECHNICALLY, IT IS STILL WINTER.  BUT, WE HAVE HAD A WARM, MILD WINTER SO FAR AND OUR PLANTS ARE AHEAD OF SCHEDULE WHEN IT COMES TO BLOOM TIME.  SAUCER MAGNOLIAS ARE IN FULL BLOOM, SPRING BLOOMING CAMELLIAS ARE SHOWING COLOR, ETC.  IF WE HAVE A FORECAST FOR A KILLING FROST OR FREEZE THEN YOU MAY WANT TO CONSIDER DOING SOME COVERING.  I RECOMMEND COVERING WITH A CLOTH FABRIC.  DO NOT USE PLASTIC!
                Here are a few March gardening tips:
1. ALERT!!  -  GET YOUR CRABGRASS PRE-EMERGENT DOWN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  Customers are showing me pictures of their forsythia in bloom. 
2.Have you cut back your Liriope “Monkey Grass” yet?  If not, take advantage of these nice days and get this chore done.
3.Now is the time to do some shaping and pruning on our evergreens such as boxwoods, hollies, euonymus, etc.
4.Add an inch or two of fresh mulch to your garden beds. 
5.TIP  -  FOR WEED CONTROL CONSIDER PUTTING SOME PREEN DOWN IN YOUR GARDEN BEDS TO KEEP WEEDS FROM GERMINATING.
6.COLE CROP VEGETABLES  -  We just received our first shipment of cole crop vegetables for planting now.  Cole crops include lettuce, spinach, collards, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, arugula, and more.
 
Happy Gardening
Posted: 2/27/2017 by Doug Hensel | with 0 comment(s)
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