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Mike's Mini-Garden Calendar

March

If you have to plant a cool season lawn, prepare the soil well and use grass varieties suited for North Carolina lawns. The bag should contain several varieties of fescue and blue grass in case disease hits one variety the others wonít be affected. Donít fertilize any type of grass this month. Sod can also be planted, but give the lawn at least an inch of water a week.

Itís still not too late to apply a crabgrass pre-emergent to the lawn, but it will also prevent your grass seed from germinating. Kill broadleaf weeds with a formulation of 2-4-D, MCPP and Dicamba.

Prune and shape summer flowering shrubs. Donít prune the spring flowering varieties until after they bloom. Plant shrubs and trees this month. Water newly planted shrubs but donít fertilize them. Be careful when fertilizing shrubs randomly. Over fertilizing can kill shrubs or suppress blooming. Apply dormant oil to shrubs to kill over wintering insects.

Plant container grown roses and change the mulch. This is also a good time to prune most roses. Cut out the dead wood and leave the strongest three to six canes at about a foot high or more. Start fertilizing them in late March.

Get a soil test by selecting several areas of the landscape including those where you have problems. Take the soil from at least six inches of depth. Place the soil in a box and take it to the cooperative extension service office in your county.

Divide spring flowering bulbs and other perennials and replant the healthiest immediately. Donít cut off the foliage from daffodils and similar bulbs.

This is also a good month to start planting perennials.

Plant cool season vegetables like cabbage, lettuce, and spinach.


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