Lawn and Garden Tips
- If you planted pansies for winter color,
now is the time to fertilize them with any water soluble fertilizer.
(Miracle Grow, Bloom Booster, etc.)
- Cut off most of the green foliage of
tattered liriope. If you have large areas of this ornamental grass,
set your mower to its highest setting and mow over them.
- If you don't use a lawn service for your
lawn fertilization needs, you need to apply lime now if it has been a
year since the last application. (40 pounds per 1,000 square feet)
- Prune holly shrubs back to a manageable
size if desired. Holly plants are tough. You can cut them back to 18
inches tall and they will come back.
- Plant bare-root roses in soil that
contains plenty of organic matter and that has been thoroughly tilled
- Use atrazine (Purge) to kill weeds in
centipede grass lawns.
- If you are going to plant a vegetable
garden, now is the time to plant cauliflower, mustard, radish and
- If you are going to re-seed your fescue
back yard, you can't use a pre-emergent weed preventer for six weeks
- Divide overgrown clumps of hosta now
that you can see the leaves unfurling above ground.
- Examine the backside of euonymus and
camellia leaves for scale insects. Thoroughly spray with horticultural oil if the pests are
- Remove spent camellia blooms from the
bust and from the ground. You'll prevent camellia petal blight.
- Prune bush roses to about half their
- Re-pot houseplants you plan to move
outdoors. Their roots will need more room as they grow rapidly in the
- Wait until mid-April to plant gladiolus,
canna and caladium bulbs. They all need warm soil to grow.
- Forsythia, quince and winter honeysuckle
can be pruned to a smaller size after flowering.
- Fertilize shrubs: 1 tablespoon of
10-10-10 (or shrub fertilizer per foot of height.
- Sharpen your mower blade or replace it
with a new one.
- Change the oil in your mower if you have
a 4-cycle engine. Clean the air filter. Use a few drops of household
oil on all the wheels. Remove the spark-plug and replace or clean off
carbon deposits with a wire brush.
Just a note on preparing your Bermuda lawns
for the summer. By the end of the month, you should be able to scalp off
the dead layer of last years grass and allow the sunlight to stimulate the
little grass plants that are beginning to green up. All the warm weather
we have had has caused the Bermuda to begin greening up a little early
Once the grass has greened up to about 75%
and is growing, core aeration is recommended to help alleviate compacted
soil and open up any thatch that may have built up. Power raking is not
recommended. The power raking process damages the growing grass crowns and
leaves your lawn more susceptible to fungal disease.
Please direct Lawn and Garden questions to email@example.com.
The Landscape committee will be happy to answer your questions.