Plant potatoes as soon as the grass begins to turn green.
If you live north of the Mason Dixon line plant grapes as soon as the soil is workable. Southern gardeners should plant grapes in fall so they will have plenty of time to get established before summer heat sets in.
As temperatures begin to warm and plants emerge from dormancy, slowly remove protective mulches. Beware of removing mulches too soon since hard freezes are still possible.
Transplant roses, shrubs and ornamental trees before the leaf buds open.
Feed peonies with a low nitrogen fertilizer when they are about 2 – 3 inches tall.
Clean water features and fountains. Make sure pumps and lights are working properly. Remove leaf guards.
Order bulbs such as crocosmia, eucomis, gloriosa, kniphofia and lycoris for interesting summer blooms.
To repair bare spots in lawns combine 5 shovels of sand, 1 shovel of sterilized topsoil, 1 shovel of grass seed and 1 cup of slow release fertilizer. Cover bare spots with this mixture, tamp down and water.
Southeastern Flower Show
Who's going to be in Atlanta on March 16th? If the answer is you, then join me at the Southeastern Flower Show. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets online.
I'm headed to Shreveport, LA to participate in a fundraiser for the building of Dittle's Garden, which is will be a community garden for Fairfield. Join me at the Louisiana Exhibit State Museum from 10:00 to 1:00 on March 9th. Click here for more information.