•Sow seeds indoors now through March for transplants to set outside after
our last frost date (April 15-20). Check the back of the seed packet for the approximate
sowing time so the plants will be ready to set out when the temperature is right.
Choose from our large selection of seeds for vegetables, perennial and annual flowers,
herbs, and organic seeds. We know from experience that they have a better germination
rate and more seeds per packet. Use Fertilome Seedling and Cutting Starter Mix to
start the seeds and cover the seeds lightly with No Damp-Off Seed Starter for insurance
against “damping off” fungus which kills seedlings. Flats, inserts, and peat pots
are also available.
•Trim back ornamental grasses to the ground by March 1 and remove the brown leaves
to allow new growth to fill in this spring. Tying the grasses with twine, rope,
or bungee cords before cutting makes the job a little neater.
•Cut back butterfly bushes (6-12” from the ground) and crapemyrtles if you wish
to keep them shrub-like. This is also the time to trim back rose-of-sharon, hardy
hibiscus, chaste trees, clethra, and shorten nandinas (heavenly bamboo) which have
grown too tall.
•Divide and transplant perennials now before they reach 3” tall for best results.
Once new growth emerges, use a sharp spade to dig up outer portions of perennials
and move to a new location. Use Fertilome Root Stimulator every 2 weeks for the
next 2 months for vigorous growth.
•Start bulbs such as elephant ears, begonias, dahlias, cannas, calla lilies,
and caladiums indoors in pots for transplanting outside when the soil is warmer in
late April. This will give you a jump on growth and flowering in summer.
•Apply Fertilome Crabgrass Preventer or PREMERGE organic weed and grass preventer
when yellow forsythias bloom.