There's plenty to be done in the garden this time of year, so don't let "a little" rain distract you from your ultimate mission. Be it a plentiful vegetable garden, a beautiful lawn, sweet fruit or an eye pleasing landscape, a little preparation now will pay off big when the sun finally decides to shine.
PLANT NOW (Direct seed):
Carrots, beets, broccoli, leeks, parsley, dill, chives, peas, radish, rhubarb, horseradish, onions, spinach, turnips, parsnips, rutabaga, potatoes and lettuce
- Now is a great time to plan your garden.
- Clean up last year's debris
- Add at least 2" of well-rotted compost or manure and till in
- Pull small weeds
- Monitor soil temperatures
- Now is a great time to control for Moss
- Fertilize, lime and re-seed if weather permits
- Use a pre-emergent to control 'Poa annua' and broadleaf weeds
- Treat for European Crane Fly larva
- Prune all cane berries, grapes and blueberries
- Plant strawberries, can berries, blueberries and fruit trees
- Spray fruit trees for fungal diseases and insects
- Complete pruning of fruit trees before buds appear
- Remove weeds and use at least one weed preventive tactic: mulch, weed barrier fabric or a pre-emergent herbicide
- Plant summer blooming bulbs
- OK to plant anything new -- as long as it's in a container and the soil is dry enough to work
- Prune early spring flowering shrubs
- Apply systemic to roses to prevent disease and pests
- Divide dormant perennials
- Last chance to move plants that are still dormant
- Fertilize trees, shrubs, perennials when new growth starts
- Make plans for new hardscapes such as stepping stones, fencing, and trellises. Maybe even a new water feature!
- Use moss control on pavement and roofs
- Bait for slugs
Now is an especially good time to scout for pests and disease symptoms. Early intervention with the least toxic solution, is a great way to start your garden this spring. When in doubt visit our Growing Guides or give us a call.
Learn more from Al's Experts at our complimentary class: What To Do in Your Garden Now: March.
March 11 at 10:00am in Woodburn and Sherwood, and 1:00pm in Gresham