Remove protective winter
mulch from subtropical perennials and replace in late April, as it gets
Still time to mow well-established
Asian Jasmine and feed with a slow-release lawn food (never use a weed
and feed product).
Last chance to set out Broccoli,
Cabbage and Cauliflower transplants this spring. Cover with netting to
protect from insects.
Eradicate winter annual grasses
from wildflower patches with appropriate selective herbicides before flower
Sow: Snap Beans and make
final sowing of Beets and Carrots.
Last chance to apply pre-emergent
herbicides and receive their full benefit. Remember to water them in lightly.
Spray flowering Cherry Laurel,
Native Black Cherry, Peach, Plum and Nectarine regularly with Agri-Strep
to prevent their getting fatal bacterial diseases.
Week 2 -
Prune back Bougainvillea
and Hibiscus which have been in winter storage. Take them outdoors when
For an economical lawn, sow
Bermudagrass in sunny sites, especially varieties like 'Sahara'.
Collect Live Oak leaves with
your blower, rake or lawnmower and place in compost pile or as a mulch
Beware the Ides of March!
It could still freeze! The date of the latest freeze is still three weeks
Finish tilling in well-composted
organic matter in sites where Tomatoes, Peppers and Squash will be grown.
Cut off any fruits produced
on Daffodils, Irises and other spring bulbs.
Feed deciduous trees and
shrubs as they resume growth with 15-5-10.
Week 3 -
If you must fertilize lawns
this early, apply only all natural products, such as compost. Chemical
fertilizers are applied after mid-April.
Let potting medium of Geraniums
dry between waterings.
Do not disturb the soil where
Begonias grew last season. Many will return as perennials.
Sow: Cantaloupe, Cucumber,
Lima Beans and Squash.
Begin planting large transplants
and Peppers in the ground, but be ready to protect them from temperatures
below 50° F.
Week 4 -
Add more hardwood mulch
around hardy perennials, shrubs and trees if it is now less than 4" deep.
If your shady landscape had
Hinckley's Columbines, it would be spectacular for the next month.
Time to start air layers
of trees, shrubs, vines, roses and tropicals you wish to propagate.
In the absence of rainfall,
water trees and shrubs at their drip line every two to three weeks during
the spring growth phase.
Prevent Black Spot on Roses
and their relatives. It is very difficult to control once it starts.