Mar 6, 2017

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What to do in March – Landscape and Garden Tips!


What to do
in your landscape now.

It’s time to…
Get your vegetable garden ready for spring planting.

1.     If your garden struggled last year, it could be nutrient or Ph. imbalances. Take a soil sample to the Clemson Extension office for a test. Just “Adding Stuff” to the soil is an expensive mistake. We stock all the additives needed to correct out of balance soils.

Top-dress your garden with organic nutrients ASAP. These natural nutrients take a long time to break down and feed your plants. 30-60 days ahead of planting is typical. We stock a large line of natural plant foods for gardening, containers, and your landscape.

We are getting ready to “March” right into the spring season! Although there is most likely more cold weather still to come, we are starting to prepare for spring, warmer temperatures, and longer days. Some of our most common and most loved spring bloomers are getting ready to put on a show. Two great indicators that spring has arrived are Azaleas and Forsythia. Here are some fun facts on each:

  • All azaleas are actually Rhododendrons
  • Native azaleas are deciduous and include yellow, orange, and pink blooming cultivars
  • Not all azaleas bloom at the same time
  • They do best in partial shade
  • Azaleas are shallow rooted, so deep mulch and good soil is key to their survival
  • Encore azaleas are an evergreen type that bloom in the spring and continue into late summer and fall
  • Forsythia is a very common plant that blooms in late winter/early spring
  • They require full sun to dappled shade
  • Forsythia are drought tolerant, deer resistant, and can be pruned heavily
  • Often referred to as “yellow bells”, Forsythia is a great sign of the arrival of spring
  • Many people use it as an indicator for when to apply pre-emergent weed control

Weeds are such a hassle in the landscape and often keep us from starting new projects because it can feel like we’re constantly fighting those pesky things. In order to keep them under control, it’s important to know what kind of weeds you have and how to treat them.

Cool season weeds grow from seeds left at the end of last winter. They only grow when the soil is at cooler temperatures. They will die on their own when the weather gets hot, but if you don’t treat them now, they will produce seeds that will come up again next year. One of the easiest ways to get rid of them is to treat with a post emergent. Post emergent, like Weed-Out Granules, can be applied to any lawn type AFTER the weeds have emerged. Be sure that the weeds are wet before you apply the granules so that they stick to the leaves of the weeds.

Warm season weeds grow from seeds left last fall. They can’t survive the cold temperatures and died out when it got cold this past winter. However, they probably left thousands of seeds behind that are ready to germinate and pop back up again this spring.  Keep them from coming up with pre-emergent. A pre-emergent product, like Weed Stopper with Dimension Granules, can be applied to any lawn type and in your flowerbeds BEFORE the weeds have emerged. Keep in mind that this type of product will not actually kill anything; it just keeps seeds from germinating. Find these types of products and a great staff that can help answer your questions at your local Landscape Center, Zone 7!