March Lawn and Garden Tasks

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By Daniel Charpentier

Sow grass seeds. The first half of the month is ideal, but you can sow the whole month with reasonable results. Turf-type tall fescue is your best bet.

If you didn’t apply nitrogen fertilizer in the fall, now is the second best time to do it. Do not apply more than 1 lb of nitrogen per 1000 square feet of lawn. To do this, apply 2 bags of 50-pound urea per acre of lawn. Remember that if you have a one acre lot with your house, you have less than an acre of lawn. Be careful not to apply too much nitrogen in your spring applications, as this will weaken your grass stands and promote weed growth in the summer. The best time to fertilize your lawn is in the fall.

Feed the bulbs a balanced fertilizer now to encourage beautiful blooms next year. Do not cut the leaves after flowering. They provide food for the plant. Let them die naturally.

The vegetable gardens are awakening. Work the soil only when it is friable. Squeeze a handful of soil into a ball. Drop it at waist height. If it crumbles easily, the soil is dry enough to work. Otherwise, wait for drier periods as wet soil forms hard clods.

It’s time to plant fresh crops in the garden. These include beets, cabbage plants, carrots, chard, kale, kale, lettuce seeds and plants, onions, peas, potatoes, radishes, spinach and turnips.

Repot indoor plants. Gradually increase the size of the pot. Plants can be fed with a weak fertilizer solution (one quarter strength)

Plant pansies and other cold-tolerant flowers.

Use sunny days to start cleaning the bed. Be careful not to step on new plants. Cut back perennials and ornamental grasses. Most grasses can be divided at this time. Grasses are very woody and may require an axe.

Prune and fertilize brambles and blueberries.

Spray peach trees with a fungicide for control of peach leaf curl disease. See HO-57 for more information on peaches.

If you have any questions about lawn and garden maintenance, please contact the LaRue County Extension Office at 270-358-3401.

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