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19 March 2015

March Gardening Tasks

March Gardening Tasks

Kwanzan Cherry Blossoms
Kwanzan Cherry Blossoms
Here is a quick down and dirty gardening, lawn and landscape task list for March in Atlanta. Kick your Spring season off with gusto.

  • All uncompleted January gardening tasks.
  • All uncompleted February gardening tasks
  • Scalp warms season lawns (Bermuda, Zoysia, Centipede--I'm not a super fan of St. Augustine this far north. . . or at all really)
  • Read about Lawn Green up tips
  • Apply pre-emergent to lawns
  • Pre-emerge ornamental beds
  • Prune late flowering winter plants
  • Light pruning of flowering trees once blooms fade
  • Re-stake young trees as needed (one flowering plum we installed at a local school, I noticed is tilting a bit coming out of the winter)
  • Go through and start up irrigation systems.
  • Make notes and lists.
  • Turn compost piles, stock up for April flower change out.
  • Fertilize bedding plants
  • Hard pruning of non-flowering shrubs
  • Inspect shrubs, plants and trees for noxious insects and disease
  • Preventative fungal treatments.

 Down and dirty.  There you go.

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26 February 2015

February Gardening Tasks--Week 8

February Gardening  Tasks--Week 8

In the Metro-Atlanta Georgia area it has been another cold, wet week.  Realistically, it has been a hard week to get any outdoor tasks done.  It does look like, however, we will have a few days to get things done at the end of the week.  If you should be able to get them in, here are some things you should focus on:

  • Everything on last week's task list.
  • Seed/overseed fescue lawns.
  • Dead head frost damaged camellia bloom.
  • Take advantage of soft soils to plant shrubs and perennials.  Actually, planting throughout the next couple of months is recommended--it will quickly become hot in Georgia.
  • Remove (but keep on standby) frost protection.
  • Treat for winter weeds coming up in lawns and beds.
  • Begin liming lawns--cool and warm season.
  • Clean up storm debris.

a note about my week numbering:  I count a week as which ever week contains that Wednesday.  According to this, the first Wednesday of the year was 7 January, therefore that is Week 1.  My computer calendar counts the first week as whichever week 1 January falls in (this year it was a Thursday), which gives a week count of 53 for 2015.  This is just weird for me, plus counting the Wednesday as the week works much better for our operational scheduling. 

19 February 2015

February Gardening Tasks Week 7

February Gardening Tasks Week 7

  • Protect tender plants -- something I never do in my own yard, I just suffer the consequences, and allow that selection process to take effect in my personal garden.  I do however, regret the toll it takes on my camellia blooms.
  • Scalp warm season lawns
  • Cut back ground covers
  • Prune ornamental trees
  • Cut back remaining perennial foliage
  • Begin refreshing mulch
  • Prune roses (cut back)--This is the hard prune for the year, not just maintenance deadheading.

This particular week in Georgia (we're in Metro Atlanta) is COLD!!  And that is the overarching factor for everything done this week--to the extent, that, between the cold and "winter precipitation"  it may not be possible to do anything meaningful this week.  No worries, nothing on the above list can't be done next week.  However, protecting tender plants is something that, if it concerns you, must be done, as the well-below freezing temps are going to do  what they do, regardless of how sorry we may feel for ourselves.

a note about my week numbering:  I count a week as which ever week contains that Wednesday.  According to this, the first Wednesday of the year was 7 January, therefore that is Week 1.  My computer calendar counts the first week as whichever week 1 January falls in (this year it was a Thursday), which gives a week count of 53 for 2015.  This is just weird for me, plus counting the Wednesday as the week works much better for our operational scheduling. 



17 February 2015

Cold Start to Year

BRRRR.  It has been a cold start to the year so far in the metro Atlanta area.  We dodged a bullet yesterday and last night, avoiding the severe icing that could have developed with the rain and freezing temperatures.  Regardless, it has put a damper on the early season schedule. 

We will keep moving along, though. 

All that to say, despite the typical Georgia temperature fluctutations, from balmy spring weather to freezing cold this Winter 2015, we are glad to be back at it, and look forward to another wonderful year.