Tending the Garden – March 17-18, 2015

Spreader and pre-emergence herbicide. Be sure to put spreader on the proper setting before you apply(see bag) and wash the spreader well when the job is finished

Spreader and pre-emergence herbicide. Be sure to put spreader on the proper setting before you apply (see bag), and wash the spreader well when the job is finished

The last two days I have been frantic to get things done before it starts raining (which is supposed to happen tonight).

  • Yesterday, I put down pre-emergence herbicide (keeps weed seeds from germinating) to help prevent the summer weeds in my Zoysia lawn and in my son’s Bermuda lawn. Both had not greened up, so after talking to the folks at Ewing, I felt it was okay. I know I am late, but the rain and cold had kept me from putting it out for the last few weeks.
  • I also sprayed¬†for weeds in the lawns that respond to a spring post-emergence herbicide (will kill some growing weeds). I used a product called Speedzone, but almost any product that is recommended for spring weed control will do. Of course, if you have Poa annua, it will not kill it.
  • Another task: I turned a row in my vegetable garden and direct seeded three packages of lettuce seed (Bibb and Salad Bowl) and also reseeded some blank spaces in the row of spinach I put out early. I had to water the transplants, as they were in early wilt and could not wait on tonight’s potential rain.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

2 thoughts on “Tending the Garden – March 17-18, 2015

  1. John, I have a large camellia bush which is too close to another Camellia and Hydrangea. I’m going to have to cut it out. But I saw the article by Bethany this morning about taking a cutting from a plant and growing a new plant from the cutting. Can I do this with the Camellia?

    • Yes, that is commonly the way they are rooted, but they do not have a high percentage of cuttings that root. So be sure and take many more cuttings than plants you want. I have about a 20% success rate when doing it in at home. situation

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