Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Lawn and Garden Tips for March

Cobb County Extension staff member Louise Weyer assembles a list each month of tips for keeping your lawn and landscape in good order. As winter nears its end, following Louise's checklist of tasks can help your yard shift successfully to warmer-weather mode and improve the odds of its shining through the spring.

Louise's Tips for Trees and Shrubs for March includes this information:
  • Prune roses, camellias, crape myrtles, late-flowering clematis, and butterfly bush.
  • Delay pruning of early-blooming shrubs, such as forsythia, quince, and weigela, until after they bloom.
  • Prune out dead stems on all shrubs and trees.
  • Clean blades of pruning tools with alcohol or a bleach solution (1 part bleach to 9 parts water) to reduce spread of disease.
  • Spray multipurpose fungicide on roses when leaves appear, to control black-spot.
  • If major renovation of broadleaf evergreens is needed, prune those now.

Tips for Fruits:
  • Plant strawberries.
  • Prune muscadines and bunch grapes, if not yet done.
  • Inspect figs for cold damage, and prune out damaged branches.
  • Fertilize muscadines, bunch grapes, blueberries, and strawberries.
  • Begin spray program for fruit trees.
Tips for Lawns:
  • Fertilize established Fescue.
  • De-thatch and top-dress Bermuda, Centipede, and Zoysia after growth has begun.
  • Wait to fertilize warm-season grasses - Bermuda, Zoysia, Centipede - until the turf is at least 50% green.
  • Treat existing winter weeds with a post-emergent control that is safe for your turf-type. Note any precautions, such as whether the product may injure warm-season grasses during green-up.
Lousie's complete set of tips includes a subset for the Vegetable garden and for taking care of Annual and Perennial ornamental and flowering plants, and it includes links to useful webpages. For the full list, go to the Cobb County Cooperative Extension home page, select the link to Agriculture and Natural Resources, then select the link at the top of that page to the Cobb County Extension Publications and Articles. 

Gardening Tips for each month are linked at the top left corner of the table of publications.