It’s still not too late to spray roses

Published 8:28pm Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Hello gardeners!

This Sunday marks the first day of spring and we are now into daylight savings time, so what is your excuse for not planting?

There is still time to get fruit trees, shrubs, shade and flowering trees in the ground.

It happens every year that people look to plant summer annuals too early. Hold off on planting the heat loving Vinca, Impatiens,Coleus and Caladiums. There are some that can tolerate a little bit of cool temperatures like Marigolds, Petunias, Begonia, Geraniums.

You can get started with these until it warms a bit more.

Most herbs can be planted now except basil and dill. If you want to plant  rosemary, chives, oregano, cilantro, parsley and thyme it can be done now. These do great in pots as well as the ground.

Wouldn’t it be nice to step out your door and collect fresh herbs for cooking?

If you haven’t started spraying your roses it’s not too late, just as long as the black spot fungus hasn’t gotten started. That usually comes when the weather gets hot and humid. It is best to start spraying fungicide before the plant gets infected.

The subject of  fertilizing lawns and planting grass seed keeps coming up. It is too early to do either of these.

Wait to fertilize lawns until April and planting grass seed in May.

Happy spring!

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