officially begins March 20 but there is no need to wait to start planning and planting
your spring garden and landscape projects.
Your Soil: With the heavy rains over the past few months,
important nutrients from the soil may have leached out. Add soil amendments
with the proper pH balance to encourage strong plant growth. Cultivate the soil
down one foot. Add appropriate organic soil amendments before any new planting.
Start Your Spring Garden: Plenty of vegetables and herbs can be
planted in the ground in March. Vegetables include beets, carrots, cucumber,
eggplant, endive, lettuce, onions, peas, peppers, radishes, strawberries,
squash and tomatoes. Herbs to plant now are basil, chives, cilantro, dill and
parsley. These vegetables and herbs can be planted from seed or as seedlings.
Blooming Flowers: For an
instant spring flower garden, plant blooming flowers such as azaleas, petunias,
marigolds, bearded iris and geraniums. These and more are available at
nurseries this month.
Add Fragrant Shrubs: A garden should smell nice as well as
look nice. Add star jasmine, lilac or gardenia to your garden. Their scent will
enhance the beauty of your landscape. Don't forget sweet smelling herbs too such
as sage and thyme.
Plant Avocado Trees: Now is the time to plant avocado trees.
Patience is key, as the trees may not produce fruit for three to four years
(longer if planted from seed). New trees need deep watering (especially during
summer). Trees need full sun and plenty of room to grow (they can grow as high
as 35 feet). Avocado trees are also available in dwarf size.
Weed Control: If you haven't kept up on weed control, by now,
weeds could easily account for much of the greenery in your garden. Spend an
afternoon or two weeding your yard and then add a layer of mulch. Mulch not
only invigorates plants, but also suppresses weeds before they start. Add at
least a two to three inch layer around trees, shrubs, flowers and plants.
Citrus Trees: Add a well-balanced citrus fertilizer early in March. Nitrogen is the primary nutrient that
needs to be replaced (once in spring and again in fall). If leaves are yellow, the
tree may be experiencing an iron deficiency. Follow the directions on the
fertilizer package to determine quantity. Don't apply the fertilizer directly
to the base of the tree. Instead, place at the drip line.
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