Top 5 Must Do’s for March!

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Its Springtime in Texas and it’s a great time to get out in the garden! Spring is the best time to do a variety of things in order to have garden success throughout the year. Here’s our Top 5 for March: 

Check out our March Garden Guide for more tips and remember that trees, shrubs, and perennials can be planted 12 months out of the year! The only difference is the amount of water they need depending on temperatures & wind!

1. Plant Veggies and Herbs 

Tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, peppers, beans, along with Mediterranean herbs like rosemary, sage, thyme, oregano, basil can be started by seed or transplant.

2. Fertilize Tropicals

Feed all hibiscus and tropical bloomers with Hibiscus Food, or organically with Maestro Gro-Rose Glo. 

3. Protect Your Lawn From Oak Leaves

Live oaks are following their natural pattern of dropping old leaves before the new leaves come on. Now it’s time to get those oak leaves off your lawn before it suffocates the grass. Under large oaks, since the grass is often thin and stressed anyway because of shade, using a blower is less stressful on the weak turf than a rake.

4. Eliminate Broadleaf Weeds

Spray your lawn with Ortho Weed B Gone liquid or Image to eliminate existing broadleaf weeds. 

5. Fertilize Your Lawn

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

Check out our March Garden Guide for more tips!

-DeAnna

4 Comments on “Top 5 Must Do’s for March!”

  1. Remember that oak leaves can make excellent mulch for tomato plants and other vegetables– see Justin Butts’ Wholesome Heritage Garden! 😉🌳🍅🌿

    1. I wish I had tomatos ands other vegetables, but I don’t. I blow the oak leaves off the deck and lawn and under my shrubs for a great moisture retaining, weed preventing mulch.

  2. Do you have anything that I can spray on Oak trees before cocoons & caterpillars start invading? These are from the moths. I’ve already seen some moths.

    Thank you
    IRENE S Amador

    1. Here is what I think is the safest method. Watch for caterpillar poop balls on concrete or decks, and when you first see them, spray trees in the evening with a Bacillus thuringiensis product. Come in to the nursery and they will fix you up. It will kill caterpillars that feed on the treated leaves, while not hurting you or birds feeding on the caterpillars, or cats, dogs, lizards, etc.

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