I can’t imagine there is a Gardener today that is not itching to get their hands dirty.
The past few gorgeous days has brought anxious people into the store.
It happens every season, people get ahead of themselves or they miss the window for best results.
Many of the gardening processes rely heavily on timing and temperature, both ambient and soil. It is important to pay close attention to these factors and plan accordingly.
Tomatoes and peppers are not the crops to plant outdoors in the first weeks of March, (Unless of course, you have gone to extraordinary lengths to do so.)
It’s time to think about broccoli, cauliflower, and other cole crops. Roots crops like carrots, beets, radishes and onions can be planted. Peas, lettuce, kale, and other leafy greens can be seeded outdoors. Don’t forget the potatoes.
It’s time for Strawberries, asparagus, and rhubarb too. Don’t forget berry bushes and fruit trees. These are perennial edibles. Success relies heavily on proper soil prep and location, Often new gardeners wait just a little too long and these crops don’t get well enough established to flourish in the summer heat.
For those that are more concerned with the health and beauty of the home landscape, it is time to apply crabgrass and weed preventers. It is also time to spray the broadleaf weeds that are coming out of dormancy. If you have oaks or trees bothered with scale insects, it’s time for Natural Guard Horticultural Oil spray. Borers a problem? If not, keep it that by applying Fertilome Systemic Tree and Shrub Drench to susceptible trees and shrubs.
If you want to prevent the Sweet Gum, Bald Cypress, or Sycamore seed balls, the time window for application of Florel is still a few weeks off, but that window is very narrow. This product can be used to prevent bothersome flowering pear or crabapple fruit as well.
It’s been difficult to predict how the supply chain will follow through this year. I would not assume anything will be available in large supply. It would be best to plan and shop accordingly. If it is available, and you can store and maintain it, it may be prudent to purchase at that time.
If you would like help with planning your Landscape projects, our team of designers are eager to speak with and assist you.