Get Your Garden Ready

Everything you need to know to get your garden ready for spring.




Your Spring Garden Checklist


* Prepare beds for summer vegetables and flowers.

* Dig and divide summer and fall flowering perennials, bulbs, and rhizomes before they emerge and begin their spring growth.

* Order caladium tubers. Fertilize azaleas and camellias after they finish blooming.

* Try using Osmocote Outdoor & Indoor Smart Release Plant Food for easy and effective rose feeding. Plant container-grown roses, shrubs, and trees.

* Plant dahlia tubers in rich, well-drained soil.

* Begin planting hardy vegetables such as eggplant, cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, and peppers.

* Repot houseplants that have outgrown their containers.

* Fertilize pansies for a final flush of blooms.

* Begin to set out summer annuals in mid to late March.

* Begin to seed Bermuda grass and sod St. Augustine.

* Take advantage of your last chance to sow seeds of cosmos, larkspur, and poppies.

* Turn compost and add a little fertilizer to it.

* Do preventative treatment for black spot and mildew with a fungicide such as Fertilome Systemic Fungicide. It is easier to prevent infection than to stop once it has started.

* Watch for aphids, lace bugs, and scale insects on azaleas, and treat immediately before infestation becomes severe.

APRIL/MAY

* It is too late for bare root stock, but container-grown and B&B (balled and burlapped) specimens are plentiful.

* Look over established annuals and perennials, and deadhead to perpetuate blooming.

* Watch for black spot on roses and treat with a fungicide such as Fertilome Systemic Fungicide when symptoms appear.

* After they finish blooming, prune climbing roses, forsythia, quince, and Indian hawthorn.

* Some evergreen plants shed old leaves this time of year, so don’t be alarmed if leaves on your magnolias, photinia, abelia, ligustrum, gardenia, and pittosporum turn yellow and drop off.

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