March To Do’s

Plant
  • Most annuals and perennials can now be purchased as transplants this month.  Here is a list of some of our favorites: alyssum, begonias, celosia, coleus, geraniums, impatiens, marigolds, false heather, lantana, blue daze, petunias, salvia, gerbera daisy, caladiums (plants and bulbs), and larkspur.
  • Transplant: tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, eggplant, and strawberries
  • Sow seeds of beans, okra, radish, pumpkins, and watermelons
  • All hardy and tropical trees, shrubs, vines and grasses.  I can’t think of one that can’t be planted now!
  • Late spring and summer bulbs such as caladiums, and elephant ears
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.
Fertilize
  • Your azaleas, gardenias, and magnolias with Miracle Gro ACR for acid loving plants, GD Azalea Food, organically with Maestro Gro-Rose Glo
  • All hibiscus and tropical bloomers with Hibiscus Food, Organically with Maestro Gro-Rose Glo
  • All trees and 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 and 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
  • Vegetables with ammonium sulfate, organically with Medina Growing Green, Lady Bug Lawn and Garden, Hasta Gro, Maestro Rose Glo, or Plant Tone
  • All granular fertilizer should be watered in well.
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.
To Control
  • Caterpillars – use Liquid Sevin, organically with Thuricide, Dipel Dust or Spinosad
  • Scale – Bayer Rose & Flower Spray, organically with Oil Spray
  • Beetles, Aphids – Liquid Sevin, Bayer Rose & Flower Spray, organically with Spinosad, Diatomaceous Earth, or Insecticidal soap
  • Snails, slugs and pillbugs – organically with Sluggo Plus.
  • Fungus, Powdery Mildew – Daconil, Systemic Fungicide, organically with Neem Oil or Serenade
  • White Fly – Bayer Rose & Flower Spray, Bayer Tree & Shrub, organically with Sticky Traps, Insecticidal Soap,  or Oil Spay
Watering
  • 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.