Three Early April Chores: "Dr. Z's" Tip of the Week

1. Pull any weeds that have started to germinate, especially winter annual weeds like common chickweed, bitter cress, and annual blue grass (a grassy weed).  It's a lot easier to deal with these now before they go to seed and spread.  The chickweed will continue to grow all season, but the bitter cress and annual blue grass will disappear when it gets warmer, after they have spread their seed for next year.  After the clean up, you could apply a pre-emergent like corn gluten.  Timing is important here so you prevent weeds and don't actually feed them.  You need to keep an eye on the rain forecast or be ready to water for best results. Stop in or call us with any questions!
2. The first two weeks of April is the best time to apply crabgrass preventers.  This window may last a little longer this year because of the cool spring weather.  This is a good time to start fertilizing lawns as well.  If you want to seed now and prevent crabgrass, you will have to use a chemical called tupersan which will allow you to do both at the same time.  No organic product currently exists that will do this.
3. Put plant supports and grow-throughs  in place now, over your perennials, before their stems grow and become unmanageable. This way the stems will grow up into the supports naturally.  This always looks better than tying them up and cramming them together later on.
Bonus chore for the week: Plan to visit McArdle's on Earth Day!  We'll have workshops and demonstrations on pollinators, compost, bee houses and more.  Plus - free compost with any purchase on Earth Day!

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