March Garden Tips

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Lawn Care

  • Fertilize when the grass is actively growing. Apply Gill Lawn and Garden 13-1-3, Medina Growin’ Green, or Green Diamond 21-7-14 to your lawn. Water in well (approximately 30 minutes per area).
  • Organic fertilizers such as Milorganite and Lady Bug Lawn and Garden will feed your lawn and soil with minimal watering. Eliminate broad-leaf weeds with Ortho Weed B Gone liquid.
  • Lay new sod anytime, bermuda seed anytime this month.

Read: How Do I Revive My Lawn?


Plant

Most annuals and perennials can now be purchased as transplants this month. Here is a list of some of our favorites: (L-R) caladiums (plants and bulbs), larkspur, impatiens, salvia, gerbera daisy, alyssum, begonias, false heather, petunia, lantana, celosia, coleus, marigolds, blue daze.

caladiumlarkspurpetuniassalviagerberalyssumgeraniumfalse-heatherimpatienslantanacelosiacoleusmarigoldsblue-daze

Vegetable Seeds

Beans, okra, radish, pumpkins, and watermelons

Vegetable Transplants

Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, eggplant, and strawberries
Read: Benefits of Marigolds in Your Vegetable Garden

Hardy Trees, Shrubs, Vines, Grasses

All hardy and tropical trees, shrubs, vines and grasses. I can’t think of one that can’t be planted now!

Bulbs & Caladiums

Late spring and summer bulbs such as caladiums, and elephant ears


Fertilize

  • Azaleas, Gardenias & Magnolias

    with Miracle Gro ACR for Acid Loving Plants, GD Azalea Food, organically with Maestro Gro-Rose Glo

  • HIBISCUS & TROPICAL BLOOMERS
    All hibiscus and tropical bloomers with Hibiscus Food, organically with Maestro Gro-Rose Glo
  • ALL TREES & SHRUBS
    with Gill Lawn and Garden Fertilizer, Green Diamond Supreme Lawn Food, organically with Milorganite, Medina Growin Green or Lady Bug Lawn and Garden
  • ANNUALS & PERENNIALS
    with Miracle Gro or Osmocote Time Release Granules, organically with Medina Growing Green, Lady Bug Lawn and Garden, Hasta Gro, Maestro Rose Glo, or Plant Tone
  • ESTABLISHED ROSES
    with Bayer Rose & Flower Care, organically with Maestro Rose Glo or Plant Tone

  • ESTABLISHED CITRUS TREES
    (3 years or older) with ammonium sulfate 21-0-0 available in 4 to 40 Lb. bags, organically with Medina Growing Green, Lady Bug Lawn and Garden, Hasta Gro, or Citrus Tone
    Read: Fertilize Your Citrus Now

All granular fertilizer should be watered in well.
Do not fertilize tropicals – they need to rest.


Prune

  • All dead and freeze damaged wood from hardy and tropical trees, shrubs, vines and perennials
  • All early spring bloomers such as azaleas, carolina jessamine, climbing roses, and indian hawthorns after they finish their bloom

Watch Out For

  • Outbreaks of aphids, caterpillars, whitefly, scale, snails, pillbugs and beetles on everything from vegetables to trees. They should be out in full force and hungry.
  • Watch for powdery mildew and blackspot on roses.
  • CATERPILLARS

    Treat with Liquid Sevin, organically with Thuricide, Dipel Dust or Spinosad
    Read: Not All Caterpillars are Bad!

  • BEETLES, APHIDS

    Treat with Liquid Sevin, Bayer Rose & Flower Spray, organically with Spinosad, Diatomaceous Earth, or Insecticidal soap

  • SNAILS, SLUGS & PILLBUGS

    Treat organically with Sluggo Plus.
    Read: Snails and Beer!

  • FUNGUS, POWDERY MILDEW

    Treat with Daconil, Systemic Fungicide, organically with Neem Oil or Serenade

  • White Fly

    Treat with Bayer Rose & Flower Spray, Bayer Tree & Shrub, organically with Sticky Traps, Insecticidal Soap, or Oil Spay

  • Scale

    Treat with Bayer Rose & Flower Spray, organically with Oil Spray


Water

  • Water all plants well after planting, and regularly through the first year.
    Plants will begin to use more water as they grow and bloom.
  • Outdoor potted plants dry out quickly, as do hanging baskets and small annuals.
  • Mulch all plants to help hold moisture.