One of the busiest gardening months of the year is here! March weather can be very fickle – it could still freeze since the average last freeze is mid-March or it could be very balmy and pleasant. You can’t predict the weather in Texas.
March is a great month to plant almost every kind of landscape plant. The sooner you plant, the quicker the plant will start getting established. This is important if the plants are to do well through the hot, stressful summer. Calloway’s/Cornelius Nursery are receiving weekly shipments of fresh nursery stock and this is the prime to buy and plant.
Do not be too eager to apply fertilizer to your warm season lawn grasses (St. Augustine and Bermuda); it is best to wait until April. Spring green-up results from nutrients that were stored by the grass last; fall proving importance of fall fertilization. Pushing the lawn too hard in the early spring could result in a weaker root system going into summer.
A few great early season flower choices are sweet alyssum, geraniums, stocks, snapdragons and petunias.
If you missed applying the pre-emergent weed preventer in February, then go ahead and make an application now. You may miss a portion of the weeds which germinate in early Spring but it may still control many of the types that germinate in the warmer part of the year.
Shear back Asiatic jasmine, if needed just as new growth starts to encourage new growth from the base.
Begin fertilizing roses every 4 to 6 weeks now until September with Calloway’s Rose Food
Saturday, March 7th at 10:15 am – Real Food. Growing Vegetables
Saturday, March 14th at 10:15 am – Save water & money with Drip Irrigation
Saturday, March 21st at 10:15 am – Fashionista Flower Design with Flower from Hort Couture
Saturday, March 28th at 10:15 am – Secrets to Spectacular Roses
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