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GARDEN TALK with DOUG

It is March and spring is just around the corner. We are coming out a cold winter and we are now beginning to experience some nice, sunny, spring-like days. Get out and walk around your yard and evaluate the condition of your plants. Some of our evergreens are showing winter burn on the leaves. This is a very common and natural occurrence. My greatest advice to all…BE PATIENT AND DON’T BE IN A HURRY TO PRUNE! Here is a short list of chores that needs to be done in March: Apply a pre-emergent herbicide before lawn weeds, such as crabgrass, gets started. The chemicals work by preventing the seed from germinating. Therefore, it is important that the herbicide be applied in early spring, before growth of the weed seedlings. After pussy willow catkins have passed their prime, prune the plants drastically to encourage long branches and large catkins for next year. Boxwoods should be pruned by thinning the outer foliage of the plant and cutting back the branches to retain desired height. March is an excellent month in which to plant cool season veggies such as broccoli, lettuce, spinach, cauliflower, carrots, peas, and others. Now is the time to cut back your monkey grass. New grass shoots will be emerging soon. The optimum time to prune all fruit trees is just before bloom. Pruning allows the tree to direct nutrients to branches that will bear high quality fruit. The objective is to remove, dead, diseased, or damaged wood. Also, remove shoots that are growing straight up or straight down, as neither provides good fruit development. A more open tree allows greater light penetration and air circulation, thereby increasing fruit quality and reducing disease and insect pressure.

Posted: 3/12/2014 by Doug Hensel | with 0 comment(s)
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