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March Gardening Tips


Pride of Barbados

We have been fortunate enough to receive rain this spring which has caused an ample number of lawn problems. Check your lawn for grubs, fleas, fire ants and other pests that are below the surface.

These pests can eat the roots of your lawn, making it weak and bare. Beneficial Nematodes are microscopic round worms that feed on larvae of fleas, ticks, grubs, fire ant larvae, among other underground pests. They travel by water and a regular watering schedule must be maintained. Beneficial Nematodes usually last about three years or until the food source is gone. Let a Red Barn Associate show you how to go organic with Beneficial Nematodes.

Grass needs sun to grow. Prune the lower branches of the trees to let ample light in for lush lawns. Call an arborist for those hard to reach high branches.

Maintain a regular watering schedule. Wait 7 to 10 days after the last good rain before you water your lawn.

Wow! You should see your summer perennials such as Esperanza, Perennial Hibiscus, Knock out Roses, Pride of Barbados, Lantana, and Plumbago just jump into growth and color. These plants love the sun and heat! Red Barn Garden Center has an extensive Perennial Department with hundreds of options for your landscape.

BUGS ARE ABUNDANT THIS YEAR! We can help you with your spider mites, mealy bugs, and other insect problems the organic way.

Red Barn also carries Lady bugs for the aphids.

MOSQUITOES ARE SWARMING!!!!!! We have dunks and granules for standing water and other damp areas. We also carry Mosquito Beater and other products to help you enjoy the outdoors in comfort. ASK US!!!!

Don’t be afraid to give certain shrubs and perennials a haircut if needed. They will appreciate it and grow beautiful new foliage. Watch for black spot, or powdery mildew on some Roses, Shrubs, and Crape Myrtles. Actinovate, and Serenade are among some of the fungicides Red Barn Carries. We have a new organic systemic fungicide for those tough problems.

Yum!!! Tomatoes, Peppers, Cucumbers, Squash, Mints, as well as other herbs, Fruit can still be producing if you maintain them and fertilize. Some veggies such as Tomatoes may need a shade cloth for the heat. You can plant Cantaloupe, Okra, and Pumpkins for fall crop in addition to Tomatoes and Peppers. We have the answers and the plants or seeds for you. Happy Harvest!!!!

Red Barn Garden Center is always here to serve you with a friendly smile. We appreciate you and your patronage. Red Barn is locally owned and operated. We are always here to help.

If you need further help or have any gardening questions, please visit with one of our nursery professionals at 12881 Pond Springs Road, Austin, 78729.  512-335-8093. 

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March is the time to get busy outdoors and plant, plant, plant.   The sooner you plant the quicker your plants will become established before the heat of summer.  However, March weather can change from day to day, so be prepared to protect anything newly planted if there is a late cold spell with Insulate.  The average last freeze date for Austin area is March 8th.

Top dress lawn with Dillo Dirt, Nature’s Blend, or fine compost now to encourage grass to fill in bare areas.  Mow grass short to get ready for new growth.  Bag 1st and 2nd cut and use in compost pile if needed.  Fertilize with a slow release fertilizer mid to late March.  Ladybug is an all natural fertilizer.  Ladybug Fertilizer is a granular 25 lb. bag which covers up to 4000 square feet.  Ladybug Fertilizer is great for trees and shrubs also.   If you are not sure what your soil needs, Red Barn has soil test kits and testing packets with instructions to send off for a variety of testing.  Don’t forget to keep those pesky weed seeds from germinating with a pre-emergent such as Corn Gluten and or we can recommend a post emergent for existing weeds.  Bring a sample in a plastic baggie and one of our associates will help you chose the one for you.  Look for slugs or snails around hostas etc, Treat with Sluggo or diatomaceous earth.  If you have fire ant mounds, try an organic spinosad bait (Come and Get It), or drench.   Orange oil will drive them out.  Red Barn carries beneficial nematodes that can be applied to your soil to kill grubs, fleas, ticks fire ants and other below the ground pests. Use live Ladybugs to devour aphids, and other insects, on plants.