Spring Lawn and Garden To-Do List

 

Date: April 28th, 2016

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Pull out your Muck Boots, your trusty shovel and favorite pair of gardening gloves...it's Spring Gardening season!

 

 

Things To Do Around the Garden and Flower Beds

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  • Begin planting warm weather annuals such as Zinnias and Marigolds

  • Pick out your favorite perennials and plant them now for year-after-year enjoyment

  • Address insect and disease problems as soon as you see them.

  • Plant summer bulbs and fertilize after blooming

  • Transplant perennials before the heat of the summer

  • Install stakes and supports for large perennials

  • Place trellises near vines and clematises. Mailboxes and fences also make great supports.

  • Mulch garden and flower beds to help regulate soil temperature, retain moisture and fend off weeds

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 Thinking about planting a vegetable garden? You're in luck - look below for an approximate vegetable planting schedule.

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Vegetables Rule

Not sure when to start planting your favorite veggies? Listed below is a chart provided by http://www.thevegetablegarden.info that contains an approximate planting schedule for USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 5-6 (most of Western New York). This schedule is a general guide for the zone and can vary from season to season.

Live in a different area? To find your Plant Hardiness Zone, click here.

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A Garden Planting Chart

Crop

Days to Maturity

Spring Planting Dates

Asparagus

2ndseason

Apr 5 - 25

Bean, bush

50-60

Apr 25 - May 30

Bean, pole

65-75

May 10 - 20

Bean, lima

65-75

May 10 -25

Beet

55-65

Apr 1 - 15

Broccoli

60-80

Mar 25 - Apr 5

Cabbage

65-80

Apr 1 - 20

Cantaloupe

80-90

May 10 - 20

Carrot

70-80

Mar 25 - Apr 10

Cauliflower

55-60

Apr 1 - 20

Collard

55-70

Mar 20 - Apr 10

Corn

80-100

May 1 - July 20

Cucumber

60-65

May 10 - 30

Eggplant

75-90

May 15 - 25

Kale

50-70

Mar 25 - Apr 5

Kohlrabi

50-70 

Apr 1 - 15

Lettuce

60-85

Apr 1 - May 15

Mustard

40-50

Mar 25 - May 1

Okra

55-60

May 10 - 25

Onion (mature)

100-120

Mar 25 - Apr 15

Peas, garden

60-80

Mar 25 - Apr 10

Peas, southern

60-70

May 1 - 15

Pepper

65-80

May 15 - 30

Potato, Irish

70-90

Apr 1 - 15

Potato, sweet

90-150

May 15-June 5

Radish

25-30

Mar 25 - May 1

Spinach

40-45

Apr 1 - 20

Squash, bush

50-55

May 15 - 30

Squash, winter

85-90

May 15 - 30

Tomato

70-85

May 15 - 30

Turnip

45-65

Mar 25 - May 1

Watermelon

80-90

May 10 - 20

 
 

Trees and Shrubs

  • Fertilize azaleas, rhododendrons, and camellias after they bloom with a fertilizer made for acid-loving plants such as Espoma Holly-Tone.

  • Fertilize roses with a product such as Dr. Earth Rose and Flower Fertilizer to help grow superior buds and blooms. Also, keep an eye out for fungus and disease.

  • Plant container-grown trees and shrubs.

  • Lightly prune evergreens, making sure not to cut back to bare branches.

  • Apply mulch to shrubs with shallow roots (such as camellias and azaleas) as protection from summer heat and weeds.


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Lawn Care

  • Mid April to Early May - Apply Turf Line Crabgrass Preventer Plus Fertilizer for pre-emergence control of crabgrass and many other annual weeds.

  • Late May to End of June – Apply Turf Line Weed Killer Plus Fertilizer for control of dandelions and other broadleaf weeds.

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Mowing season has begun! Set your mower blade at 2-3" or higher to avoid "scalping" the lawn. A general rule of thumb is to not cut more than half of the grass blade at a time.

 



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