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FINALLY!!!!  March has arrived and with March we,  gardeners,  begin to come out of hibernation and we start “working out” in our gardens.  I am so excited!!!  I hope you are excited as well.
                Here are a few very important gardening chores for the month of March:
  1.  The problem that we are experiencing right now is that we have had a wet, soggy winter.  Our ground is saturated.  We need to be careful about working in wet soil.  You don’t want to destroy the soil composition.  In addition, we need to be careful about walking in our gardens.  We don’t want to add to the soil compaction and destroy any more air pockets.  The upside is that Mother Nature has taken care of the watering for all our plants this winter to keep them from being dry.
2.Early March is when we want to apply a pre-emergent crabgrass preventer on our lawn.  One product that I would like to recommend is the Espoma Organic Weed Preventer with Corn Gluten.  This product keeps crabgrass seed from germinating as well as other lawn weeds.  How it works is that it keeps the sprouted weeds from generating any root system.
3.March is the time to sow and plant cool season vegetables such as Kale, Spinach, Lettuce, Swiss Chard and other leafy vegetables that can tolerate the cooler air and soil temperatures in March.
4.Now is the time to cut back your evergreen shrubs such as boxwood, laurel, holly, and others.  We recommend pruning 1/3 the size BUT only is needed. 
5.Check your stepping stones or display rocks to see if any have sunken or moved out of place during the winter.
6.Are your tools ready for spring?  Cleaning and sharpening is a good idea this time of year.
7.As perennials emerge with new growth – if needed, they can be divided at this time.
Posted: 3/2/2016 by Doug Hensel | with 0 comment(s)
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