March 2019 Garden to do Lists. Our suggestions for your March garden projects.
- Plant trees, shrubs, ground covers, vines, and perennials.
- Vegetable Varieties
- Plant varieties that are cold tolerant for an early summer harvest.
- Asparagus, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, English peas, onions, potatoes, swiss chard, strawberries
- Plant cool loving annuals
- Alyssum, calendulas, cannas, daylilies, English daisies, gladiolas, poppies, larkspur, pansies, petunias, pinks, primrose, snapdragons
- Fruit trees, grapes, pecans and berries
- This is an excellent time to relocate landscape plants. Do not trim plants to be relocated.
- Divide and
transplant summer and fall blooming perennials.
- Daisies, coneflowers, asters, mums, salvias, etc
- Use a natural organic fertilizer at app 20lbs per 1000 sq ft for regenerative applications. If your soil is healthy cut the rate to 10lbs per 1000 sq ft.
- For pre-emergent control, apply corn gluten meal at 20lbs per 1000 sq ft. Apply before weed seeds germinate. Corn Gluten Meal Article
- If your soil is in poor shape and compacted, spray hydrogen peroxide solution. Mix 32oz of hydrogen peroxide (3%) per gallon of water. One gallon of water should treat app. 1000 sq ft. Hydrogen Peroxide will improve soil flocculation (fluffiness and aeration). Hydrogen Peroxide Article
- Encourage microorganism growth in poor soil by appling dry molasses at 20lbs per 1000 sq ft.
- Apply earthworm castings, fish meal, alfalfa, or other organic fertilizers around cool season flowers at 10 to 20 lbs per 1000 sq ft.
- Spray growing plants with organic foliar fertilizers. We suggest Garrett Juice. The recipe for homemade Garrett juice is on our website. Drench newly planted or transplanted plants as well
- Treat any areas of concern with compost and compost tea.
- Feed inside plants with coffee grounds and Garrett Juice.
- Shade and Ornamental Trees
- Remove dead, diseased and crossing limbs.
- Remove limbs that are impeding walking traffic and where necessary to allow light to lower plants. AVOID PRUNING LOW LIMBS AND FOLIAGE AS THEY ARE NECESSARY FOR TRUNK DIAMETER DEVELOPMENT.
- Peach and Plum trees should be pruned 40% to 50%. Prune so to encourage 45-degree growth pattern.
- Grapes should be pruned by 80% to 90%
- Other fruit trees should be pruned as needed.
- Do not prune crepe myrtles except to remove ground sprouts.
- Evergreens as summer flowering shrubs as necessary. Prune to reduce height but try to maintain a natural appearance.
- Bush form roses should be pruned as needed. Climbers and roses that bloom only once should be pruned only after they have flowered.
- Ground covers should be pruned to remove winter-damaged foliage.
- As needed.
- Watch for aphids on some plants. These can be washed away with a water spray.
- Consider applying beneficial nematodes to your soil to help control grub worms, fleas, fire ants and other pests.
- Now is the time to start a fruit tree and pecan tree program. More information is available on our website.
- Check and repair irrigation systems.
- Check, repair, sharpen and replace garden and lawn tools as needed
- Top dress and mulch any bare soil areas.
- Turn the compost pile.
- Feed and water the birds
- Till your soil
- Scalp your yard
- Spray any synthetic man-made pesticide, herbicides or fertilizer.
*These recommendations are based on Zone 7, West Texas. If you live outside Zone 7 adjust your timing based on the last expected freeze dates. USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Maps