Purely Organic Lawn Care: Are You Ready For Gardening Season?

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News source SFGate reports that despite its deceptively chilly winds, March will eventually bring warmer weather. Purely Organic Lawn Care says that the imminence of spring means that gardeners and lawn care professionals alike should start moving forward with their plans.

The first thing any gardening enthusiast should do is check the pH of the soil where they intend to plant their garden. You can get a testing kit or meter from any gardening center. According to Purely Organic Lawn Care, a pH of 6.5-7.0 is ideal for most plants, although soil intended for turf grass can be slightly lower. If the pH is out of range, consult with your lawn care specialist or local nursery staff.

The next step in preparing your garden is to add substances like compost, manure, and organic materials like kelp, bone, and blood meals. Later in the month, you can begin using an all-purpose fertilizer to support blooming and fruiting plants. Purely Organic Lawn Care recommends using organic fertilizers whenever possible, since synthetic chemical fertilizer runoff can pollute water supplies.

Another consideration is late-season frost, which can be particularly harmful to young plants. Keep an eye on the forecast until the weather turns warm for good in late April or May. If the temperature drops below 34 degrees Fahrenheit, you’ll need to take steps to protect your plants.

If a freeze is on the horizon, you can cover your plants using burlap or even a bed sheet. Avoid using plastic or vinyl coverings, which can trap condensation inside. Frozen condensation may damage plants. Avoid covering altogether for more delicate species, and use loosely packed soil instead.

Also in March:

  • Finish planting bare-root plants.
  • Finish pruning deciduous dormant plants, including fruit trees, grapes and cane berries.
  • Fertilize roses, camellias, azaleas, and rhododendron. Choose a fertilizer that is slightly acidic; if you don’t want to use chemicals, you can make a homemade fertilizer from eggshells, coffee grounds or vinegar.
  • Use a high-nitrogen fertilizer for citrus trees. Organic, homemade options include fertilizers made from fish by-products, bat or seabird guano, and composted chicken manure.
  • Fertilize bluegrass, fescue and rye lawns.
  • Leave withered daffodil foliage attached the bulb to provide nourishment for next year’s bloom.
  • Start weeding now, before the roots gain strength and they set to seed. Bulb-forming weeds like oxalis and nutsedge will need to be dug out.
  • Plant your annuals: ageratum, cosmos, impatiens, lobelia, marigold, pansies, petunias and violas. Mixing them with perennials in the garden bed will extend their blooming period.
  • Plant summer bulbs like gladiolus, dahlias, lilies and begonias.

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Purely Organic Lawn Care provides a comprehensive array of organic lawn care services to both commercial and residential customers. These services include weed and crabgrass management, grub management, compost tea for soil enhancement, mosquito and tick management, soil testing, aeration and over-seeding.

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