The Garden Path

The Garden Path is dedicated to showcasing information related to gardening- including tips, monthly events and more. We hope you enjoy this go-to guide for the months of January, February & March.

 

 

Spring Gardening Tips

Monthly Garden To Do List

March

  • Mow lawn to help eliminate weeds. Keep weeds cut back to prevent flowering and re-seeding. Fill bare patches with St. Augustine sod. Apply lawn food after three mowings. At this time the grass will be actively growing and it is a good time to apply Micro Life or other lawn fertilizer.

  • Prune or plant roses. Now is the time to begin applying rose food on a monthly basis. Use Rose Glo, an organic fertilizer we keep in stock.

  • Plant tomatoes by the middle of the month for a spring harvest. Plant peppers, okra, cucumbers, eggplant, climbing spinach and more. Use Cottonseed Meal or a liquid organic fertilizer like John’s Recipe by Ladybug for an abundant and healthy harvest.

  • Start seeds or set out plants for spring flowers and herbs. Plant now and get established before heat sets in. Good herbs to plant include basil, dill, chives, cilantro, fennel, oregano, mint and parsley. (Come on in and see our wide selection). Use a dilute solution of John’s Recipe to improve vigor.

  • Plant fruit trees, shade trees, and ornamental trees. Be sure to apply mulch around the root zone to keep moist and avoid weeds. Make sure trees are watered regularly during first few years of growth, while tree is getting established. Add mycorrhizae to planting hole to also aid establishment of the tree. Use Super Thrive or Root Stimulator every few weeks for the first three months after planting.

  • Plant shrubs such as roses and azaleas. Use Super Thrive or Root Stimulator every two weeks for the first few months after planting.

  • Feed Hibiscus, Bougainvillea, Plumeria, with Nutri Star. This will help plants to put out new lush growth and plenty of blooms.

  • Prune trees and shrubs while dormant. If you need assistance with the proper way to prune your crepe myrtles, let us know~!!! Don’t butcher the poor things. Prune spring-flowering shrubs such as azaleas, spireas, and redbuds after they’ve bloomed. Feed with Nutri Star or Micro-life, once after they bloom and then again in June.

  • Apply dormant oil to smother insects before they become a problem. Apply to hollies, magnolias, and camellias for scale. Release Lady Bugs to control insects like aphids and whitefly.

  • In mid-March, move houseplants outside into shade and repot if necessary. Feed with Nutri Star or a liquid organic fertilizer like John’s Recipe by Ladybug.

  • Plant color annuals such as marigolds, fuchsias, petunias, osteospermum, perilla, bachelor buttons, coleus, forget-me-nots, dusty millers, annual phlox, geraniums, impatiens, begonias and more!

  • Plant Sun Perennials Shasta daisy, rudbeckia, gaillardia, verbena, coreopsis, lantana, perennial salvias, bee balm, porterweed, mist flower, jatropha, skullcap are some of the many we offer.

  • Plant colorful Shade Perennials like firespike, shrimp plant, Persian shield, leopard plant, cat whiskers, ruellias, turk’s cap, sweet potato vine, creeping jenny, and many more!

  • Spread a fresh layer of mulch around trees, shrubs, and beds to protect roots, retain moisture, and prevent weeds.

  • Clean birdbaths and feeders. Keep feeders full!! Birds are hungry.  We sell feeder cleaning supplies in the bungalow.

  • Put out hummingbird feeders. We are expecting our first sighting any day now! To keep birds at your feeder, maintain a fresh nectar supply, and empty and wash the feeder each time you refill. Hummingbirds remember where they find a reliable food source –so if your yard is one of them, they’ll often return year after year

  

April

  • Planting - Plant new shrubs early before the heat arrives. Plant summer blooming perennials and annuals.

  • Clean-up - Live oaks should be finished dropping their catkins and leaves. Rake and add them to compost, or apply mulch over them.

  • Mulch -  Mulch beds to discourage weeds, keep roots cool and conserve moisture.

  • Pruning - Prune spring blooming shrubs after flowers fade such as azaleas, wisteria, forsythia and quince. Pinch tips of coleus to avoid flowering and encourage bushier and compact growth. Remove spent blooms on spring annuals to promote new blooms.

  • Fertilizing - Fertilize azaleas, hibiscus, and containers.

  • Water - Maintain watering on newly planted seeds and transplants. Deep root watering on trees, lawns and shrubs is best. It encourages roots to move down into the soil where they will be less susceptible to moisture changes. Avoid frequent short periods of watering.

  • Pests - Keep an eye out for pests as well as beneficial insects in your vegetable garden. Pick off pests by hand. Check for snails and slugs early in the morning, when they are active.

  • Orchids - Move orchids outside and place them in shady spots. Repot if necessary.

  • Birds - Fill bird baths and keep water fresh.

  

Local Gardening Events

​        All Blue Triangle Garden Club events have been rescheduled until further notice.  

        We encourage all our members and friends to stay well!

October Yard of the Month
       (Yard of the month begins April 2020)
Congratulations to our October winner The Hollimon family on their beautiful yard!
September Yard of the Month
Congratulations to our September winner the Craven family on their beautiful yard!

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