James Gill had his annual Get Ready for Spring garden talk here at Gill’s last weekend. As always, it was a big hit – standing room only! In case you missed it, we decided to do a recap:
Pre-Spring Lawn Tips
- Prevent and treat Take All Root Rot using Peat Moss: Rake out dead grass, spread Peat Moss, and water it in. Wait until dry to water again.
- Know when to water your lawn – if a screwdriver is hard to push into the soil, its’ time to water. If it pushes into the soil easily, you’ve got enough moisture.
- Wait to fertilize your lawn until it’s growing, and you need to mow it once a week – usually March
- If you get Bermuda grass in your landscape beds, use Grass B Gone
- There’s not a practical way to remove Bermuda grass in your St. Augustine lawn – the best way is to keep your St. Augustine healthy (watered and fed) and it will choke out the Bermuda
To Prune or Not to Prune?
- Shrub Roses
Do Not Prune
- Crape Myrtles
- Citrus Trees
- Fig Trees
Prune AFTER Spring Bloom
- Mountain Laurel
- Indian Hawthorn
- Climbing Roses
Fertilize Citrus Trees Now
- Use organic Citrus Tone
- Spread inside and just outside the drip line (where water drips off the tree branches and leaves when you water it)