GARDEN TIME with DOUG – March Gardening Checklist
SPRING WILL OFFICIALLY BE HERE LATER THIS MONTH. ARE YOU READY?
March is an exciting month for gardeners. Daylight Saving Time is here March 10 whereby our sunset will be at 7:37 PM. How exciting is this that we will have more time to spend outdoors. And, spring will officially be here March 20. The big question will be “what kind of weather and temperature does Mother Nature have in store for us this year?” If you remember, last March was not great. Last March was cool and wet which was the same two years ago. This is why March will always be a guessing game in the garden. Will it get warm? Will it stay warm? Let’s all hope for a beautiful March in 2019.
Regardless of what happens we still have garden chores to do in March.
Here are a few March gardening tips:
- Ready to do some planting? March is a great planting month. Please use ESPOMA BIO-TONE inside the hole for every plant. Bio-Tone is a root stimulator. You will be amazed by the results. I can’t stress enough how great this product works for all newly planted plants.
- If not done so already, be sure to apply the pre-emergent crabgrass preventer as soon as possible. Once the crabgrass seed germinates and begins to grow then you missed out on the best time to keep crabgrass under control in your lawn.
- Did you have Japanese Beetle issues last year? If so, now is the time to put down a white grub control on the lawn. White grub worms are surfacing with the warmer soil temperature. Controlling the white grub worm population will lead to less Japanese Beetles this summer.
- Now that March is here, it is a good time to shape and prune evergreen shrubs and trees, such as boxwoods, hollies, bayberry, laurels, etc. Remember: If these evergreen shrubs bloom in the spring, such as azaleas, rhododendrons, etc., then hold off on pruning these evergreens until after they are finished blooming.
- March is a good time to apply a fresh inch or two of mulch. Remember not to build the mulch up too high at the base of plants. Stems are stems and roots are roots. Stems need to be free from being buried under mulch.
- If not done so already, now is the time to cut back your liriope (Monkey grass) and all your ornamental grasses before new growth emerges.
- Do you like to do your own vegetable gardening? March is a good month to grow our cole crop vegetables such as lettuce, spinach, kale, broccoli, cabbage, etc. All of these vegetables can be successfully grown in containers on a balcony or patio. Just remember that vegetable plants need a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight.
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