Often tomato and pepper plants started outdoors from seed will grow so quickly they will catch up with commercial plants in size within a few weeks. For many gardeners, this is the only way to obtain rare or heirloom varieties.
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Fertilizing and Pruning
- Pruning of evergreens and summer flowering trees and shrubs should be completed in early March.
- Prune spring flowering trees and shrubs as soon as they finish blooming.
- Remove dead top growth (Bermuda grass only) by lowering mower blade one or two notches
- Apply a high nitrogen fertilizer to pecans, and again in April and May.
- Fertilize roses every 4 to 6 weeks from now until September.
- All trees, shrubs, vines, and ground covers can be fed with an all nitrogen fertilizer.
- As camellia and azalea plants finish blooming, fertilize them with three pounds of azalea-camellia fertilizer per 100 square feet of bed area.
- Check mulch on azalea and camellia beds and add where needed.
Planting and Sowing
- Start hanging baskets of petunias, ferns and others for another dimension in landscape color.
- Plant hardened off tomatoes and peppers after the middle of the March, cover if a frost or late freeze is forecast.
- Direct sow seeds of warm-season vegetables such as beans, corn, squash, and melons mid to late March.
- Plant perennials in well-amended soil.
- Plant dahlia tubers in fertile, well-drained soil.
- Select and order caladium tubers as well as geranium and coleus plants for late April and early May planting. Hold off on planting caladiums until soil temperature reaches 70ºF.
- Control, as needed, diseases, and insects on roses such as black spot, powdery mildew, and thrips with an appropriate fungicide, and systemic insecticide. Use a stream of water or an insecticidal soap on aphids.
- If needed, apply a pre-emergent on lawns to prevent germination of broad-leaf and grassy weeds. A weed and feed fertilizer is not recommended because it it too early in the year to fertilize
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- Install a drip irrigation system in your vegetable garden and mulched areas of the landscape.
- Spread compost around perennials and add mulch as needed.