▪ Now is the time to fertilize roses. Use the slow-release type of fertilizer.
▪ Wait until April 1, at least, before planting summer annuals.
▪ Spring is finally here! And so are the deer — eyeing your garden for their next feast. Spray today!
▪ When planting dogwood trees, remember these tips: Plant in the shade. Do not dig dogwoods from the wild; use nursery-grown trees. There are several new varieties that are resistant to the diseases that plague our native trees. Take a look at the Stellar Series dogwood trees, and Kousa.
▪ Pollen has started falling in thick clouds. Prepare now to protect outdoor furniture with covers. Lawn and leaf bags work well.
▪ Spot kill weeds in beds, on paths, walkways, patios and other areas around the landscape. Do this when the wind is calm and protect nearby plants from herbicide spray.
▪ Summer bulbs add color and interest to the garden and to containers. Plant bulbs such as caladium, canna (dwarf varieties) and dahlia now.
▪ If you are planning to add to an existing azalea bed, now is the time to take a flowering branch to the nursery for an exact match.
▪ Start adding 3 inches of mulch to flower and shrub beds. Mulch will conserve moisture during the hot months and reduce weed populations. I’m all for that!