March Gardening Tips

What can I plant now?
Bedding Plants:  Dianthus, pansy, viola, and dusty miller will still flower during early March.  At the end of the month, plant angelonia, wax begonia, and zinnia flower to add color to your garden during the warmer months.  To learn more about planting annuals, click Here.

Vegetables: Now is a good time to plan beans, tomatoes, squash, and corn that will be ready to harvest by the end of the month. Click Here to learn more about planting vegetables in North Florida. Here is another great resource for Vegetable Gardening.

Bulbs: Some bulbs that will do well if planted now include dahlia, canna, and gloriosa bulbs.  Click Here to learn more about planting bulbs.

Herbs: Click Here to learn about planting edible ginger. Click Here to learn more about planting herbs in North Florida.

What maintenance is required this month?

Lawns: Apply a preemergence weed killer (not a “weed and feed” fertilizer)  to avoid weeds growing when the weather warms.  The best time to apply the weed killer is when temperatures rise to 65°F for 4–5 days.  Click Here to learn more.

Pruning Shrubs & Trees: A great time to prune trees and shrubs is when the dormant time has ended and new growth begins.  Click Here to learn more about pruning shrubs and trees.  Once azaleas have finished blooming, prune them back to keep their form and to reduce their size.  Click Here to learn more about caring for azaleas.

Fertilize Shrubs & Palms:  If palms and shrubs need a boost, now is a good time to fertilze.  Choose a fertilizer with at least 30% slow release nitrogen. Click on the following links to learn about palms http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_palm_nutrition , fertililzing palms http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep261, and  landscape fertilization    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_landscape_fertilization

Irrigation:  Before the weather gets too hot, check irrigation systems for any mal-functions or sprayers that are not aligned correctely. Click Here to learn more.

Always good to...
Trim St. Augustine grass at 3-4" high  
Deadhead flowers to promote growth
Check your irrigation system to ensure plants receive enough water

For more information on lawn tips, please visit http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/lawn_and_garden/

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