Garden Tips

March Tips

  • Now is a good time to prune grape vines and blueberry bushes.
  • Dark soils absorb more heat than light soils, and fertile soils stay warm longer.
  • Sow snow peas about an inch deep as soon as the soil reaches 45 degrees.
  • Pull weeds in bulb beds carefully to avoid disturbing bulbs.
  • Maintain red twig dogwood color and form by removing 1/3 of the oldest stems each year.
  • For blue hydrangeas, lower the soil ph with an acidifier, as needed.  For pink hydrangeas add lime.


April Tips

  • Coordinate applications of crabgrass preventer with forsyhia full bloom.
  • This month is a good time to plant potatoes.
  • Prune back your rose bush and remove any dead canes.
  • Turn under winter rye grass that was seeded las fall as a cover crop.
  • Re-edge your flower beds as soon as soil is workable.
  • Mocking birds can imitate sounds of creaky doors and barking dogs.

 September  Tips

  • Before moving houseplants back indoors check them thoroughly for insects.

  • Avoid squishing yellow jackets, it releases a chemical that signals others to attack.

  • Buffer plantings can reduce noise that humans hear by up to 50%.

  • Now is a prime to time to fertilize your lawn.

  • Winter cover crops for your garden capture soil nutrients and build organic matter in your garden soil.

  • Spinach seeded in the fall can winter over with row cover protection.

  • Purchase local firewood to reduce the risk of spreading invasive wood-boring insects.

October Tips

  • Skunks on the lawn are looking for grubs.
  • Cover newly planted bulbs with chicken wire to prevent animals from digging.
  • Most lawns perform well at a soil ph of 6.5.
  • Leave ornamental grasses intact for winter interest and bird food.
  • Finley chop fallen leaves added to garden soil will improve fertility.
  • Wear hearing protection when using leaf blowers and pother power equipment.
  • Woolly bear caterpillars cannot predict winter weather.