Weekly Plant Spotlight
Dragon Wing Begonia
Recognized by even the most novice gardener for total landscape versatility, both the bright scarlet red and the lovely coral pink color selections feature large angelwing-shaped shiny green leaves. Best of all, it thrives all summer though it will perform best with some shade protection.
Spring Lawn and Garden Tips
- The best time to apply Weed & Feed is after you wet your lawn. Apply fertilizer and weed killer once your lawn is wet, and make sure it isn’t supposed to rain for 2-3 days after application.
- The best time to re-seed fescue lawns is in early spring or fall. It’s best to reseed bermuda lawns in June.
- Apply crabgrass preventer in mid-February to prevent crabgrass and other grassy weeds. Apply with fertilizer on fescue lawns. Apply without fertilizer for bermuda lawns.
- Generally, you are safe to plant your veggies after April 15th.
- Use calcium nitrate granules when planting to prevent blossom end rot in tomatoes. Apply spray if you seen blossom end rot forming on your tomatoes.
- When planting tomatoes, pinch leaves, plant deep and add calcium nitrate.
- Don’t over fertilize your veggies. Doing so will create leggy plants without any fruit.
- Cool weather veggies should be planted in late February or early March. Gal cool weather veggies should be planted in late August or early Septemeber.
- Start seeds 6-8 weeks before transplanting into your garden. Use seed starting soil.
- Add soil amendments in February; turn your soil with a tiller or shovel; and rotate where you plant your veggies.
- When potting plants, make sure to use a potting mix. It will retain more moisture, which will help potted plants. However, it will freeze in the winter so make sure to use garden soil when planting plants in the ground.
- Consistently dead head spent blooms to encourage more blooms.
- Apply a pre-emergent (like Preen) to prevent weeds and grasses in your flower beds. We recommend applying Preen in February, May and September.
- Use mulch to help with moisture retention and weed control. Apply 2-3 inches of mulch in the spring and fall.
- Prune and fertilize azaleas and other shrubs after they have bloomed.
- Use root stimulator when planting new shrubs to promote root growth. Mix native soil with garden soil.
- Clean pruners with alcohol to prevent the spread of diseases in shrubs.
- Pine bark mulch is recommended for azaleas, gardenias, hydrangeas and other acid-loving plants.
- Hydrangeas- use aluminum sulfate to change the color of hydrangea flowers from pink to blue. Use lime to change the color from blue to pink.
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