The trimming of rose bushes and deciduous fruit trees should be nearing completion-do now before budding and leafing out gets into full swing
Set out tomato plants and be prepared to protect from cold-some of us learned the hard way this month that it is still winter-but to be successful with tomatoes they need to get in right away!
Fertilize Citrus and other landscape trees and shrubs, especially those damaged by the frost. This may be the most important fertilization in the life of your tender or damaged plants and vital to their recovery. Fertilome or Organo fertilizers work the best in our climate.
Apply preemergent herbicides to prevent spring and summer weeds from sprouting. This allows you to do the fun part of gardening rather than pull weeds! We recommend “dimension” by Hi Yield for best results.
The pruning of frost damaged plants may begin as soon as new growth begins to occur.
Evaluate your landscape and or garden after the freeze. Is it time for a make over of your landscape? We can help you with a FREE evaluation. Call Jerry Harper 602 659 5994 to set up an appointment.
Continue to plant leaf lettuce, chard, spinach,radishes,and begin to seed the warm weather crops like egg plant, okra, and squash. Plants for these can be planted after March 1.
Plant deciduous fruit trees. Peaches,Plums,Apples,grape vines, and berries now!
The best time to plant a shade tree was 25 years ago, the next best time is now!
If you have weeds that have sprouted, control them before they get big, use Hi Yield Killzall.
It is crucial to fertilize winter lawns with 21-7-14 to keep them green, especially with heavy frost which can yellow them out easily.
If you grew any winter greens and lettuce you should be harvesting out of the garden now. Here is a recipe from the Square Foot Gardening Cookbook by Mel Bartholomew:
Lime Honey Dressing:
1 teaspoon grated lime peel, juice of 1 lime, 3 tablespoons of honey,2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.
3 cups torn or chopped romaine type lettuce, 3 cups soft greens, 3 green onions sliced, 1 avocado,1 mango and or tomato and toasted tortilla strips or crumbles
Makes 6 servings.
As Spring approaches new products and plants are making their way into the nursery. One product we are excited about, especially in light of the damage due to cold weather is Fertilome’s Bougainvillea and flowering Vine Food. This is a critical time to fertilize your damaged and pruned back plants and this 17-7-10 formula is perfect for encouraging new growth.
One of the most popular fruit trees the last few years is the Pomegranate. They are now leafing out and available at both Harper’s locations. We have also received a new shipment of seed potatoes if you missed the first one!
Remember to listen to the Rosie On The House Show every Saturday @8am to the garden segments and get the weekly tip. You can also print our and bring in this coupon for a 20% savings on the product that goes with the tip! This week’s is Fertilome Triple Action!
We as always hope you find this information useful. And we hope to see you out in the garden soon. Looks like the rain is going to hold off until Saturday evening so get out and fertilize, plant and enjoy and let mother nature water it all in Saturday night!
The Harper Boys
HARPER’S NURSERY & LANDSCAPE CO.
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