March

  • Continue dormant sprays for ornamental and fruit-bearing plants
  • Begin fertilizing houseplants (every two weeks)
  • Spread pre-emergent crabgrass killer when soil temperatures are around 55 degrees F   (or when forsythia blooms)
  • Plant pansies, snapdragons, sweet peas and larkspur
  • Plant asparagus, rhubarb crowns, potatoes and cool weather crops
  • Plant summer flowering bulbs inside for an early start
  • Spread weed preventer such as Preen in your landscape beds
  • Overseed the lawn - remember fertilizers with weed killers and crabgrass preventer can         harm or prevent germination

April

  • Remove mulch from roses, prune and fertilize with Rose Tone, then begin spray program with insecticides and fungicides.  Add new Roses to your beds now
  • Check trees for tent caterpillars, spray with Sevin or biologically safe Thurmicide. Spray when caterpillars are out of web and feeding.  Spray cannot penetrate web well
  • Fertilize trees and shrubs when soil is 40 degrees F or above - remember to fertilize at drip line and not at base of trunk
  • Watch for dandelions and treat with Fertilome Weed Out Plus or Ortho Weed B Gone - don't water or mow for two days after treatment

May

  • Fertilize spring-blooming plants like Azaleas and Rhododendron after blooming. We recommend Espoma Holly Tone for acid-loving plants & Plant Tone for others
  • Check Dogwood for borers and evergreens for bagworm larvae (check with us about Control). Plant warm-season annuals and summer-flowering bulbs after possibility of frost
  • Prune spring flowering shrubs after blooming
  • Continue spraying roses
  • Sassafras weevil on Magnolia can be controlled by Sevin spray
  • Repot house plants if needed and begin feeding with Miracle-Grow twice a month.  After last frost you can move them outside, but be careful not to scorch them.  Place them in the shade for a while and be sure to increase water while they are outdoors


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Each season brings a "To Do List" for gardeners.  Whether it’s pulling weeds, mowing, mulching, watering or just general clean up, it seems like work in the yard is never ending, especially during the warmer months.  ​Here area a few monthly tips to help keep up with the seasonal schedule.​​

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GARDENING "TO DO" CALENDAR

​​​​​​June

  • Raise mowing height of lawn mowers to 3" during summer months; you should see fewer weed problems
  • Mulch around vegetable plants, garden flowers and landscaping to conserve moisture and retard weed growth
  • Continue fruit spraying schedule, prop up limbs for support
  • Plant beans, corn, okra and other heat-loving vegetables
  • Pinch blooms on chrysanthemums until mid-July
  • Stake tall flowers and remove spent blooms
  • Don't forget to water newly-planted trees and shrubs if rain is infrequent - at least one inch of water per tree or shrub every five days

July

  • Prune and thin major shade trees to increase light for thin lawns, as well as semi-shade loving plants
  • Prune deciduous and evergreen shrubs
  • Prune climbing and rambling roses after bloom; pruning knock-out roses is not necessary but will encourage faster new growth
  • Rejuvenate leggy annuals by cutting them back 4-6 inches, watering and fertilizing
  • Stake floppy perennials, dead head long blooming perennials to encourage one more round of blooms
  • Re-mulch beds if necessary; mulch deteriorates rapidly in hot weather.  Continue to weed and water
  • Clean hummingbird feeders frequently
  • Fertilize roses for the last time at the end of the month

August

  • Install new lawns and renovate established ones. Dethatch and aerate old lawns to promote root growth; keep watered
  • Do not fertilize trees and shrubs.  New growth will not have enough time to harden off before winter
  • Divide and replant iris, poppies, peonies and other spring blooming perennials
  • Monitor for grubs in lawn; treat now while eggs are hatching
  • New landscape plants may need to be watered every 2-3 days if drought conditions arrive
  • Remove weeds before seeds set
  • Sow cool season vegetables
  • Fertilize chrysanthemums weekly until buds show color
  • Cut herbs and flowers for drying
  • Prune wisteria for the last time