All Posts   Posted:   March 8, 2018

FOR FRESH COLOR:

  • Refresh container plantings with vibrant seasonal color like fragrant Wallflower & Hyacinths, beautiful Ranunculus, flouncy Anemones and vivid spring flowering bulbs.
  • Spruce up landscape plantings with early annual color like Primroses, Pansies Violas and spring flowering bulbs. Hellebores are a great perennial plant investment; they are evergreen, easy to care for and in bloom before other plants wake up in the garden.
  • As new growth appears throughout the garden on perennials, and shrubs apply G&B Fertilizer to help support lush, vigorous growth.
  • Divide Hostas & daylily as they emerge; divide ornamental grasses (if not done in fall)

FOR THE LAWN:

  • Apply Lilly Miller Moss Out to control moss in lawns & landscape beds. Note: be careful around ornamentals when applying - do not spray or spread directly on them. You may even want to cover the delicate ones during application as a precaution, especially tender new buds and blooms.
  • Add Lime to adjust pH which allows fertilizer to be more easily take-up by the grass, plus it makes acid-loving moss uncomfortable (do a pH test if unsure).
  • Apply G&B Lawn Fertilizer after the first mowing of the season to support a lush carpet of grass.
  • After March 15th grass seed can be put down to patch and fill areas. Cover new seed with a fine layer of Black Forest Compost (3 cubic feet covers 144 sq. feet at ¼ inch thick).

FOR THE EDIBLE GARDEN:

  • Use Soil Testing Kits to measure the Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium and pH of soil to plan for its needs for the coming growing season. Use soil thermometer to check temperatures; ok to start planting at 40-45 degrees (cool-season crops).
  • Amend the soil with Black Forest or Malibu compost to enrich soils and improve their quality. Plow or turn in your cover crops now and wait a few weeks before planting new crops.
  • Plant cold season crops like Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions (from seed or from sets), Peas (Snow, Shelling and Snap), Radishes, Spinach and Swiss Chard. Be sure to protect from slugs with Sluggo.
  • Plant perennial vegetables like Artichokes, Asparagus and Rhubarb to get a healthy vigorous root system started for the coming growing season.
  • Sturdy perennial herbs like Chives, Lavender, Rosemary, Sage and Thyme can be planted now.
  • Start tender crops, like tomatoes, peppers, squash and eggplant, from seed indoors.

IN THE GARDEN SHED:

  • Go through old chemicals and fertilizers. Properly dispose of anything that is old and ineffectual. Many waste companies have select days when residential chemicals can be disposed of at their facility or at weekly pick-up. Check with your local waste management company for details or call Metro at 503.324.3000).
  • Make a list of chemicals and fertilizers that are commonly used and will need to be replenished.
  • Go through old seeds and dispose of those that are too old to germinate (seeds have a packaging date listed on their package). Generally speaking one to two years for large seeded plants like corn, beans and squash, and up to five years for small seeded plants like lettuce, leeks and grass seed.
  • Select Potatoes and store in cool dark area until the soil warms enough to plant.
  • Use Moss Out for Roofs and Walks to get rid of moss around the home. This non-staining formula will kill moss without discoloring concrete.
  • Fertilize roses with Portland Rose Society 15-10-10 & feed raspberries & other cane berries with a slow release, organic fertilizer such as G&B Citrus & Fruit Tree blend.
  • Prune Abelia, Pinus, evergreen ferns, Pyracantha, Spiraea, lavender, mimosa, rockrose, witch hazel lilac, Aucuba, twig dogwood, Lonicera nitida, beautyberry, bluebeard & ornamental grasses. General Rule of thumb: prune spring-flowering shrubs & trees after blossoms fade.

JUST FOR FUN

  • Make a miniature garden or mini-scape with mosses, rocks & early spring flowering plants like Arabis, Bellis and Saxifrage. Check out our selection of tiny garden accessories to decorate after planting.
  • Near the end of the month plant some grass seed to grow indoors for Easter decorations; young grass shoots should be us within a week or so.

All of the products mentioned above are available at our garden center locations and our friendly staff is happy to help!

FOR FRESH COLOR:

  • Refresh container plantings with vibrant seasonal color like fragrant Wallflower & Hyacinths, beautiful Ranunculus, flouncy Anemones and vivid spring flowering bulbs.
  • Spruce up landscape plantings with early annual color like Primroses, Pansies Violas and spring flowering bulbs. Hellebores are a great perennial plant investment; they are evergreen, easy to care for and in bloom before other plants wake up in the garden.
  • As new growth appears throughout the garden on perennials, and shrubs apply G&B Fertilizer to help support lush, vigorous growth.
  • Divide Hostas & daylily as they emerge; divide ornamental grasses (if not done in fall)

FOR THE LAWN:

  • Apply Lilly Miller Moss Out to control moss in lawns & landscape beds. Note: be careful around ornamentals when applying - do not spray or spread directly on them. You may even want to cover the delicate ones during application as a precaution, especially tender new buds and blooms.
  • Add Lime to adjust pH which allows fertilizer to be more easily take-up by the grass, plus it makes acid-loving moss uncomfortable (do a pH test if unsure).
  • Apply G&B Lawn Fertilizer after the first mowing of the season to support a lush carpet of grass.
  • After March 15th grass seed can be put down to patch and fill areas. Cover new seed with a fine layer of Black Forest Compost (3 cubic feet covers 144 sq. feet at ¼ inch thick).

FOR THE EDIBLE GARDEN:

  • Use Soil Testing Kits to measure the Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium and pH of soil to plan for its needs for the coming growing season. Use soil thermometer to check temperatures; ok to start planting at 40-45 degrees (cool-season crops).
  • Amend the soil with Black Forest or Malibu compost to enrich soils and improve their quality. Plow or turn in your cover crops now and wait a few weeks before planting new crops.
  • Plant cold season crops like Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions (from seed or from sets), Peas (Snow, Shelling and Snap), Radishes, Spinach and Swiss Chard. Be sure to protect from slugs with Sluggo.
  • Plant perennial vegetables like Artichokes, Asparagus and Rhubarb to get a healthy vigorous root system started for the coming growing season.
  • Sturdy perennial herbs like Chives, Lavender, Rosemary, Sage and Thyme can be planted now.
  • Start tender crops, like tomatoes, peppers, squash and eggplant, from seed indoors.

IN THE GARDEN SHED:

  • Go through old chemicals and fertilizers. Properly dispose of anything that is old and ineffectual. Many waste companies have select days when residential chemicals can be disposed of at their facility or at weekly pick-up. Check with your local waste management company for details or call Metro at 503.324.3000).
  • Make a list of chemicals and fertilizers that are commonly used and will need to be replenished.
  • Go through old seeds and dispose of those that are too old to germinate (seeds have a packaging date listed on their package). Generally speaking one to two years for large seeded plants like corn, beans and squash, and up to five years for small seeded plants like lettuce, leeks and grass seed.
  • Select Potatoes and store in cool dark area until the soil warms enough to plant.
  • Use Moss Out for Roofs and Walks to get rid of moss around the home. This non-staining formula will kill moss without discoloring concrete.
  • Fertilize roses with Portland Rose Society 15-10-10 & feed raspberries & other cane berries with a slow release, organic fertilizer such as G&B Citrus & Fruit Tree blend.
  • Prune Abelia, Pinus, evergreen ferns, Pyracantha, Spiraea, lavender, mimosa, rockrose, witch hazel lilac, Aucuba, twig dogwood, Lonicera nitida, beautyberry, bluebeard & ornamental grasses. General Rule of thumb: prune spring-flowering shrubs & trees after blossoms fade.

JUST FOR FUN

  • Make a miniature garden or mini-scape with mosses, rocks & early spring flowering plants like Arabis, Bellis and Saxifrage. Check out our selection of tiny garden accessories to decorate after planting.
  • Near the end of the month plant some grass seed to grow indoors for Easter decorations; young grass shoots should be us within a week or so.

All of the products mentioned above are available at our garden center locations and our friendly staff is happy to help!