Now is the time to apply pre-emergent weed control to your lawn. We recommend Hi Yield Weed & Grass Stopper with Dimension
You can overseed your lawn now with winter rye grass seed (or fill bare spots with this seed) at the rate of 1 lb. per 100 sq. ft. We have it in 5 to 10 lb. bags. Just remember you cannot use a pre-emergent when planting seed.
Fertilize your lawn when it begins actively growing. This is usually late February to mid March. We recommend organic Medina Growin Green. All fertilizers require water to work, so plan on watering after you apply.
Eliminate broadleaf weeds with Image, Ortho Weed-B-Gon for Southern Lawns, or organic Capt. Jack's Lawnweed Brew once our temperatures warm to the 70’s.
Control growing weeds naturally with Horticultural Vinegar or Captain Jack's Deadweed Brew treating only the weeds. It will burn all plant foliage.
Tomatoes any time this month, peppers, squash and watermelon at the end of the month. Protect these from late freezes. We carry frost blankets!
Petunias, alyssum, dianthus, snapdragons, dusty miller, begonias, gerbera daisy, geraniums, impatiens, marigolds, phlox and bluebonnets
Garden Guide: Spring/Summer Annual Planting Guide
Alyssum, Petunia, Dusty Miller
Give your indoor plants an inspection for insects. Most common are mealybugs, spider mites (not a spider), and scale.
- White cottony stuff on the backs and crevices of the foliage: mealy bugs.
- Spotted leaves with a sandpaper feel & tiny red specs: spider mites.
- Black mold on foliage with waxy bumps on leaves: scale
All of these can be controlled naturally with Neem Oil or Spinosad with Soap. It’s a good idea to spray/treat your plants outdoors then bring them back in once they’re dry.
Fertilize your indoor plants with organic Hasta Gro liquid and add nutrients with Worm Castings.
Give plants a gentle wash either outdoors or in the tub or sink to remove dust
Repot anytime with good potting mix like Premium Potting Mix.
Invest in a moisture meter to help with watering decisions.
Annuals & Perennials
Fertilize organically with Medina Growin Green, Hasta Gro, Maestro Rose Glo, or Plant Tone, or conventionally with Miracle Gro or Osmocote Time Release Granules.
Fertilize organically with Maestro Rose Glo or Plant Tone.
Established Citrus Trees
(3 years or older) Fertilize organically with Citrus Tone, Medina Growin Green Hasta Gro, or Plant Tone, or conventionally with ammonium sulfate 21-0-0 available in 4 to 40 Lb. bags.
Cool Weather Vegetables
Fertilize organically with Medina Growin Green, Hasta Gro, Maestro Rose Glo, or Plant Tone, or conventionally with ammonium sulfate.
All granular fertilizer should be watered in well.
Do not fertilize tropicals - they need to rest.
Only as needed – but dry cold fronts, high winds and low humidity can dry plants quickly. Established lawns only need water every couple of weeks, provided we don’t get rain.
Be sure to check your sprinkler system and adjust accordingly!
Early spring bloomers such as azaleas, Carolina jessamine, Indian hawthorn, Mountain laurel or Redbud. Prune these after they bloom.
Fruit trees – peaches, apples, plum, pear lightly to shape (do not prune citrus)
Hardy dormant trees – oak, mesquite, cedar elm, and crape myrtle – Do not top trees!
Perennials that have finished their bloom.
Pick spent flowers from annuals to prolong their bloom season.
Pruning Roses – do it now!
Prune established garden roses early to mid-February. Remove dead or small twiggy growth, leaving strong healthy canes to a plant height of about 18”. Try to prune back to an outward facing bud to maintain spreading, open growth. Don’t prune climbers until after the heavy spring bloom, then removing only the oldest canes and cutting back healthy, vigorous canes no more than 1/3. Cut the flowers throughout the year. This will encourage new buds to form to cut and enjoy again.
Watch Out For
This can be a major problem after long periods of wet, cool weather. There are 2 major lawn fungus – Take All Patch and Brown Patch.
To Treat: Treat Take All Patch organically with Nature’s Blend Organic Compost or Peat Moss, conventionally with Scotts Disease EX Lawn Fungicide or Fertilome Systemic Lawn Fungicide.
Treat Brown Patch Fungus with Bayer Lawn Fungus Granules, or Fertilome F-Stop Granules.
Watch: Brown Patch Fungus
Found on hardy trees and shrubs.
To Treat: Spray with Neem Oil Spray or All Season Oil
Leaf Chewing Worms & Insects
To Treat: Thuricide, Spinosad or Dipel Dust
When or if temperatures dip below freezing:
Move tropical potted plants inside or group them together in a protected area so they may be easily covered.
Mulch and water newly planted trees and shrubs well; water tropicals and potted plants.
Cover tropicals and tender plants with sheets, blankets or plastic. (Note plastic can burn the outer foliage it is touching)
Bring fabric all the way to the ground allowing heat from the soil to be trapped around the plant.
Uncover all plants as temperatures rise to prevent the foliage from scorching.
We carry frost blankets!