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What to do in March – Landscape and Garden Tips!

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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. http://www.clemson.edu/extension/co/ 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. http://www.foxfarmfertilizer.com/index.php/frontpage/for-our-customers.html 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!

Winter Maintenance Tips

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Get a start on getting your landscape into tip-top shape for spring. Some pruning, fertilizing, soil enhancing, mulching and repairs done now will allow you to enjoy your outdoor spaces more come spring and summer.
More blooms, more fragrance, and less work!

What to do
in your landscape now.

It’s time to…
Feed your emerging bulbs like daffodils, jonquils, hyacinths and amaryllis. Simple Bone Meal (0-10-0) is ideal, but dogs might dig around in soil.
Bat Guano (0-5-0) is another source of phosphorus and is loaded with other organic nutrients that animals will ignore.

It’s time to…
Cut back your roses.  As the new growth emerges from your roses, (now in our area, but note that they are early this year due to the mild winter temperatures we have enjoyed.) it’s time to cut them back for spring. Climbing roses are an exception. More pruning and care info click here. Also feed roses with natural rose food now, as it will take 8 weeks before the nutrients become available to the plants.

It’s time to…
Prevent insect problems before they start! Insects lay eggs all over your landscape plants. Come spring these eggs hatch and have an impact on your plants. They eat flowers and buds, they damage the foliage and steal nutrients from the plants, especially younger plants.
Dormant spray smothers the eggs before they hatch. It’s lower cost than bug killers you would need later.
Apply to:
Roses
Azaleas and Gardenias
Fruit trees
Euonymus
Camellias

Or any landscape plant that had issues with insects such as scale, whitefly and mites.

It’s time to…
Apply fast acting lime to your lawn. Zoysia, Bermuda and Fescue.
Cal-Turf fast acting lime is effective in weeks, not months like traditional garden lime. This highly concentrated product covers 10,000 s/f per bag ($20). Apply now.
Increases:

  • Root Development
  • Vigor and Plant Growth
  • Drought and Stress Tolerance

It’s time to…

Transplant and relocate plants. If you need to relocate a shrub, divide your iris or lilies, or transplant seedlings into your landscape, now is a great time. When transplanting anything, be sure prepare the soil properly. Adding Zone 7 Living Soil amender to the native soil reduces transplant shock and stimulates new root development. Living Soil contains clay busting gypsum, Ph. adjusting lime, strong root stimulants, B vitamins, and other elements that assure your transplanting success. 1.5 c/f Bag $11.00 Made locally, exclusively for Zone 7 Inc.

Happy Fall from The Landscape Center

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“Happy Fall Ya’ll!” from Zone 7 Landscape Center

Fall is my favorite time of the year! The weather is getting cooler, football and festivals, harvest time and garden prep are all taking place. Fall is such a great time to do some much needed preventative maintenance in your garden and the weather has finally cooled off enough to tolerate it!
You’ll want to be on the lookout for any dead or diseased plant material from insects or diseases that they may have contracted through the stressful summer. Treat or remove infected plants as soon as you see them. This will help prevent any diseases or insects from overwintering in your garden.
Replace any old, worn out, or dead plants with something new! The fall season is the best time of the year to add new shrubs or trees to your yard because the cooler temperatures allow the plants to get established with less stress and water needs.
Also, don’t forget to plant your spring bulbs now! Tulips, Daffodils and Crocus, for example, need a specific number of chilling hours through the winter before they’re ready to produce beautiful spring blooms. If you planted any cold sensitive summer bulbs this year like Caladiums or Elephant Ears, you’ll want to dig them up and store them in a cool dry place over the winter, like in your garage. Most of the time, other warm weather bulbs like Gladiolus and Canna Lilies will overwinter in the ground fine without having to be dug up.
October is Mum month! When looking to purchase Mums, be sure to look for healthy plants with the majority of their blooms still in bud and unopened. I would only recommend buying fully bloomed out Mums if you’re having an event and need that big pop of color immediately. Otherwise, the bloom won’t last very long.
Like I said before, fall is harvest time too. Be sure to cut herbs from your garden. There are so many ways to use them through the winter! You can dry them, chop them, and mix them together in order to make your own seasonings or make a mixture of herbs and oil stored in the fridge for cooking. You can also use lots of different kinds of perennial flowers, such as Coneflowers and Black-Eyed Susan, as dried fall flower centerpieces or wreaths.
Megan Corbett
Landscape Designer
Zone 7 Nursery & Landscapes
410 Sheep Farm Road
Seneca, SC 29672
864-882-7771
www.zone7nursery.com

TIME TO PRUNE IS NOW

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Time to prune is now!

By: Lance Yuda, Owner/ Landscape Designer

 

TIME TO PRUNE

Mid simmer is the appropriate time to prune lots of landscape plants.
We never want to prune in the fall*, so if it needs pruning, now is the time.
Suggested plants to prune now;
• Boxwood
• Holly
• Cleyera
• Anise (Illicium)
• Loropetalum
• Oak leaf hydrangea
• Mop-head Hydrangea
• Viburnums
• Conifers like gold mops, junipers, topiaries
• Gardenia
• Fatsia
• Ligustrum
• Roses
• Runners off the tops of Abelia
• Hawthorns
*Fall pruning leads to frost burn of tender new growth in the winter.
Other summer tasks;
• Remove suckers from Crape Myrtles
• Dead head Butterfly bushes to encourage rebloom
• Spray Mancozeb for powdery mildew and black spot diseases (Crapes, roses, Hawthorns, Hydrangeas)
mancozeb
(Mancozeb with Zinc)
This fungicide also treats Downy Mildew on Inpatient’s…In stock

• Cut back spent perennials to encourage regrowth and possible rebloom…Daylily, Iris, Coneflower, etc…
• Prune and feed your container plants. I love Fish Emulsion fertilizer for my containers and window boxes. If you don’t love the smell of the fish, try ‘Nature’s Source’ plant food as another good micro nutrient laden plant food.
fish emulsionnature's source
Two excellent organic plant foods for container gardening…In stock
• Zero burn…apply in summer
• Loaded with micro-nutrients…more blooms and deep green foliage
• Concentrated formulas gone a long way.

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AZALEA MAINTENANCE TIPS

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AZALEA MAINTENANCE TIPS FROM THE ZONE 7 LANDSCAPE CENTER

By: Lance Yuda, Owner/ Landscape Designer

Azalea Information
Insects and Diseases
Pruning
Feeding

Azalea Leaf Gall

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Below is excerpted from the Clemson Extension Service website.
A link is also provided.
Leaf gall (Exobasidium vaccinii) is a very common fungal disease in the early spring on azaleas and occasionally on rhododendrons. Some of the native rhododendron species (azaleas) are more susceptible than hybrid rhododendrons. In April and May leaves and buds of infected plants develop distorted growth. Leaves and possibly stems become thickened, curled, fleshy and turn pale green to white. In the later stages of the disease, the galls become covered with a white powdery substance. As the galls age, they turn brown and hard.

Prevention & Treatment: This disease rarely does enough damage to require chemical control. If only a few plants are affected, pick and destroy galls. If chemical control is necessary on azaleas, mancozeb, or chlorothalonil fungicide sprays can be used according to label directions.
http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/pests/plant_pests/shrubs/hgic2050.html
Zone 7 Has received many calls and seen many examples of this gall brought to the nursery this spring.
We stock both treatments.

Lace Bugs on Azaleas
http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/pests/plant_pests/shrubs/hgic2051.html

This tiny insect can be found on the underside of azalea leafs.
They puncture holes in the leaf and suck out the chlorophyll.
The result is the silvery washed out color.

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Apply Either of the Systemic pesticides to the soil
(One is a liquid drench, the other is granules)
Granules are effective for 4-6 weeks
Liquid Drench is Effective for 12 months!
The plant absorbs the pesticide and kills the lace bug from the inside out.
The Bugs hide under the leafs, so foliar sprays are not effective.

This product also kills White fly on gardenia, Adelgids on Hemlocks,
Aphids on roses and crape myrtles, and Japanese Beetles on roses, Japanese maples, hibiscus etc…
Granules are effective for 4-6 weeks
Liquid Drench is Effective for 12 months!
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Early summer is the best time to prune all azaleas
Encores
Natives
Gumpo’s / Satsuki (when done blooming)
Kurume
Girard
Now!

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Hand prune leggy runners
Shear if you like a dense shaped plant
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Feed and Mulch Azaleas

Azaleas are shallow rooted plants
3-4” Deep hardwood or pine Bark mulch keeps roots cool and moist in the heat
Deep pine straw is also effective
Apply Holly-Tone™ Fertilizer…zero burn & slow acting
Deep greening and more blooms!