Get answers to your March Garden Questions
We know you are anxious to get gardening, here are answers to some of the most frequently asked March garden questions:
“Are you the honeybees eating my birdseed?”
Nope. With these early flights, there isn’t much to eat out there. Honeybees will search out corn dust from cracked corn used in the bird mix. They will collect it just like pollen and take it back to the hives. You can help feed them early on by getting out your hummingbird feeders and letting them enjoy the sugar water (remove the bee guards) until the hummers show up. When will that be? Visit www.hummingbirds.net/map. While we’re on this topic, early flowering dandelions are a great source of early food for the bees, so let them flower away! Bee-friendly this year!
“Is it too early to apply a pre-emergent herbicide to our lawn?”
Not really. Just make sure you have it in place by the time the air and soil temperatures are 55 degrees consistently (a soil thermometer will tell you the soil temps). Another sign is when the forsythia bloom, have it in place. If for some reason you don’t get around to applying it until later, and some crabgrass seed has started to germinate and grow, use Dimension pre-emergent. It has pre and post-emergent action (kills young crabgrass).
“When should I feed my spring-flowering bulbs?”
It’s good to feed them as soon as the weather breaks and the foliage is growing. You can feed after flowering as well, but try to do it sooner. You can also feed in the fall. We like to use Espoma’s BulbTone. Remember to let the foliage on your spring bulbs remain green and functional for at least 6 weeks after flowering has finished. Sorry, no braiding or bending over with rubber bands!
“When should I cut my roses back?”
Well, if they need to be cut back (sometimes it just some winter clean up), we like to wait until early to mid-April. So don’t be in a rush. Sometime in the next 2-3 weeks will be just fine.
“When should I bring the planters that have been overwintering in the garage, back outside?”
Right away! We wanted to keep them there over the winter to protect the plants in the pots (while they stayed cold and dormant), then bring them back outside to begin re-growing as they normally would, had they been planted in the ground. If you had spring bulbs in pots, bring them out, light feeding, and watch them grow and flower for you indoors or out!
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