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Garden Tasks
 
 
Garden Tasks for
March
Annuals
Start seeds of slow-growing annuals indoors for summer blooms.
Take cuttings from plants wintered indoors, such as geraniums, begonias, and impatiens, for use in outdoor beds.
Prepare beds by adding organic matter, lime, and fertilize with “
Osmocote
” as-needed
Plant cold-resistant flowers, such as pansies and violas, at the end of the month.
Perennials and bulbs Remove winter mulch and begin soil preparation as weather permits Apply fertilizer, such as “ Plant Tone ” or “ Osmocote ” to all planting beds as-needed. Divide and replant overgrown perennials not divided in the fall. Vegetables and Herbs Sow peppers, celery, and tomato seeds in flats indoors on a bright windowsill or under lights. Start seeds of early varieties of tomatoes indoors so that you'll be first on the block to  pick ripe ones. Plant a few extra seeds for insurance. Late in the month, direct-seed cold tolerant vegetables, such as a spinach, peas and  radishes and set out transplants of cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and onion sets. Finish and garden cleanup left from fall and prepare soil for planting. Apply fertilizers and compost to beds if soil and weather allow. Patio and Container Plants Bring summer bulbs out of storage for planting Start potting frost-tolerant plants such as pansies and violas. Plant small containers indoors and let plants become established before placing outdoors. Pinch back straggly growth and take cuttings Tree and Shrubs Remove supports from trees that have been in the ground a year. After forsythias, spirea or other fountain-shade, early-blossoming shrubs have flowered,  cut 1/3 of the oldest canes to the ground. Apply fertilizer, such as “ Tree Tone ” to all plants as soon as growth starts. Apply " Dormant Oil " to lilacs, before leaves appear, to prevent scale infestation. Roses As leaf buds swell and open, remove winter protection from bushes. Prune shrub and tea roses. Remove any dead canes from climbing roses. Water deeply and apply a complete slow release fertilizer such as “ Rose Tone .” Lawns Rake and mow before green-up to remove leaves and winter debris Correct grade in soggy areas Aerate to improve air, water and nutrient movement; over-seed with a variety suitable  for this area. Apply “ Crabicide Green  . ” Keep moist until seed sprouts, up to four-six weeks About Us Landscaping Garden Store Our Favorites Directions Monthly Tasks Employment Contact Us Home Spring Hours: Office & Landscape Design: Monday - Friday   9:00AM - 6:00PM Saturday   9:00AM - 6:00PM Sunday   11:00AM - 5:00PM 7319 Columbia Road Maineville, OH  45039  Main Office: 513.398.1008 Landscape Office: 513.398.1184
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