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March Gardening Tips

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.

Clean beds of debris and apply fresh compost and Texas Hardwood Mulch around existing shrubs trees and plants. This may be a good time to start a compost pile.  We have compost starter and Bakashi Bins.


You may want to plant transition annuals such as Begonias, Ageratum, Petunias, Dianthus, and Alyssum just to name a few.  If you still have Pansies, Snapdragons, Stock plants etc. don’t forget to feed them.


March is also a good time to divide and or transplant  perennials.  Doing so will lessen the transplant shock when it gets hot. Don’t forget to use Superthrive to lessen the transplant shock.  Hummingbirds will be returning soon so get your feeder ready or plant flowering plants the attract them such as Coral Honeysuckle, Salvias, Turks Cap, Firecracker Plant, Plumbago and more.


Prune Altheas, Oleanders, and Crape Myrtles now for a great spring and summer growth and bloom.  Do not prune spring flowering shrubs such as Primrose Jasmine, or Spring Bouquet Viburnum. Wait until their spring bloom is over.  Now is a great time to plant shrubs and trees.  Check out our great selection of water wise, low maintenance and native and adapted  plants that handle our hot dry summers.  Don’t forget root stimulator, compost and mulch to give your plant or tree the best chance.  Water deeply when needed to get moisture all the way down to the root system.  It is best to use a drip system or drip hose.


Edible Gardening time!  Red Barn has a huge selection of vegetables and herbs for all of your gardening needs.  Plant lettuce, peas, beans corn, peppers, Tomatoes, and more.  Keep seeds well watered for better germination.  Watch temperatures for cold nights.  Be prepared to cover them as well with Insulate.   Ask us for our vegetable planting guide for the right planting dates for our area.


Drop by Red Barn Garden Center at 12881 Pond Springs Road, Austin, TX. 78729 and one of our nursery professionals will be happy to assist you with all of your gardening needs.


Come by and pick up your free Native and Adapted Landscape Plant Guide.   Keep Austin Green.

 

Happy Gardening from Red Barn Garden Center.  Austin Proud/Texas Friendly



Get the best annual plants of the season by stopping by our Austin, Texas, nursery today.

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.