•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 Lake Valley 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.
•Remember March 1 as a good date for cutting 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 Concern Weed Prevention Plus organic weed
and grass preventer when yellow forsythias bloom.