In like a lion and out like a lamb? Or vice versa? It’s usually a guessing game as to whether our rainy season is over by now or if March Madness wet weather will prevail. Regardless, there is plenty to do in the garden now to enjoy the upcoming spring months and longer days in your outdoor areas.
- Snails and slugs: Take care of the snails and slugs that find their way into your garden before they wreak havoc on plants.
- Spread compost: Spread compost over your garden and turn the soil. We offer 1.5 cu. ft. bags (Sku 72436, $4.99).
- Irrigation planning: If we’re lucky, March will be a rainy month. But it is also a good time to think about upgrading your garden irrigation system to water plants wisely during our dry season. Consider a drip system, soaker hoses, or efficient sprinkler setup that distributes water effectively without wasting this precious resource.
- Prune: After blooms have faded, prune your winter-flowering shrubs. Dormant plants and fruit trees should also be pruned. At the end of the month, prune fuchsias.
- Fertilize: When temperatures warm up, start fertilizing blooming and fruit plants with an all-purpose fertilizer, such as E.B. Stone. (Sku 745032, $7.99) Roses can be fertilized when they begin to leaf out. Feed citrus trees with a high-nitrogen fertilizer that includes iron, such as Citrus Tone (Sku 7208671, $7.49) or E.B. Stone Citrus (Sku 745030, $6.99). An acid fertilizer should be used on camellias, rhododendrons, and azaleas. We offer a fertilizer from E.B. Stone for these plants. (Sku 745033, $7.99)
- Weed: Pull weeds before they have a chance to set deep roots. If weeds get the opportunity to seed, they will be more troublesome because they will have the opportunity to spread. It’s easiest to weed right after a rainstorm.
- Divide and conquer: This is a great time to divide day lilies, hostas, daisies, chrysanthemums, and lupines.
- Plant vegetables: Hardy seeds, such as radishes, potatoes, spinach, and turnips, can all be planted at this time.
- Summer bulbs: Plant summer bulbs including dahlias, lilies, gladiolus, and begonias.
- Start seedlings indoors: Cardboard egg cartons make ideal seedling starters. Fill each cup with soil and a seed. Once your seedlings sprout, just cut apart the cups and plant—cup and all!
- Annuals: With spring around the corner, you can begin planting annual flowers, including pansies, marigolds, poppies, primroses, calendulas, and alyssum.
See you in the garden!