There's plenty to be done in the garden this time of year, so don't let "a little" rain distract you from your ultimate mission.  Be it a plentiful vegetable garden, a beautiful lawn, sweet fruit or an eye pleasing landscape, a little preparation now will pay off big when the sun finally decides to shine.

Getting ready to plant primroses
PLANT NOW (Direct seed):

Carrots, beets, broccoli, leeks, parsley, dill, chives, peas, radish, rhubarb, horseradish, onions, spinach, turnips, parsnips, rutabaga, potatoes and lettuce

Veggie Garden

  • Now is a great time to plan your garden.
  • Clean up last year's debris
  • Add at least 2" of well-rotted compost or manure and till in
  • Pull small weeds
  • Monitor soil temperatures

 

Lawn

  • Now is a great time to control for Moss
  • Fertilize, lime and re-seed if weather permits
  • Use a pre-emergent to control 'Poa annua' and broadleaf weeds
  • Treat for European Crane Fly larva
  • Mow!

 

a strawberry plant in a pot ready to plant

Fruit

  • Prune all cane berries, grapes and blueberries
  • Plant strawberries, can berries, blueberries and fruit trees
  • Spray fruit trees for fungal diseases and insects
  • Complete pruning of fruit trees before buds appear

 

Landscape

  • Remove weeds and use at least one weed preventive tactic:  mulch, weed barrier fabric or a pre-emergent herbicide
  • Plant summer blooming bulbs
  • OK to plant anything new -- as long as it's in a container and the soil is dry enough to work
  • Prune early spring flowering shrubs
  • Apply systemic to roses to prevent disease and pests
  • Divide dormant perennials
  • Last chance to move plants that are still dormant
  • Fertilize trees, shrubs, perennials when new growth starts
  • Make plans for new hardscapes such as stepping stones, fencing, and trellises. Maybe even a new water feature!
  • Use moss control on pavement and roofs
  • Bait for slugs

 

Now is an especially good time to scout for pests and disease symptoms.  Early intervention with the least toxic solution, is a great way to start your garden this spring.  When in doubt visit our Growing Guides or give us a call.

 

Learn more from Al's Experts at our complimentary class: What To Do in Your Garden Now: March.
March 11 at 10:00am in Woodburn and Sherwood, and 1:00pm in Gresham