A Gardening Calendar from Morrisons.
You might think that this being New England that there are only a few precious months to tend to your home & garden. We're here to show you 12 months of reasons why there's always something "green" to do.
- If you are going to have your landscape sprayed for gypsy moths this year; hire your applicator now.
- Remove winter mulches from perennial beds and roses.
- If you have not finished burning your brush pile; do it soon – burning season ends April 15th or earlier depending upon the weather.
- Finish the last of your winter pruning.
- Time to divide fall blooming perennials like Asters and Montauk daisies.
- It's not too late to apply dormant oil spray to your fruit trees; ideal timing is to apply when buds swell.
- Time to start tomato seeds this month, plant six weeks before expected planting date in garden.
- Cole crops and leafy veggies can be started from seed now too.
- Did you plant peas on Saint Patrick's Day for 4th of July peas? There's still time to plant them.
- Till the garden when the soil has dried some; never rototill a water logged garden
- Seed germination is faster with bottom heat, and be sure your seedlings have maximum sun. Supplement light so that seedlings get 12 to 16 hours of light.
- Mulch blueberry bushes after you have pulled out any perennial grasses and weeds.
- Check out your lawn mower. Did you drain the gas tank? Old gas gums the carburetor. Sharp lawn mower blades cut the grass not tear it.
- Ideal time to apply step 1 fertilizer with pre-emergent crabgrass control is when the forsythia bloom this month. Remember to use a step 1 for new seeding if you plan on reseeding this spring.
- Lawn soil compacted? Heavy traffic or poorly draining soils can be remedied with core aerating. Best done this month when soils are moist for best penetration. Leave plugs on surface and don’t rake up.
- Wait to apply lawn fertilizer until lawn has greened up 50%.