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It's time to plant, even veggies
As a master gardner
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I'm a little late this month. I hope you thought to spray your lawn with a lawn weed killer.
My motto in February: if it's green, it ain't St. Augustine.
I hope everyone has been enjoying the fabulous weather and early blossoms all around us. At LeConte-Woodmanston, you can catch the end of the camellia season. There are more than 40 different camellias there. The quince and redbuds have bloomed, the black swamp nature trail has soaked up the recent rains and the waterfowl are in residence.
According to the Garden Guide of the Lower South, you can expect to see the following some time in March: azalea, banana shrub, camellias, crabapple, dogwood, flowering almond, flowering apricot, forsythia, pearlbush, purpleleaf plum, quince, raphiolepis, red tip Photinia, spirea, wisteria, ajuga, Carolina jasmine, columbine, daffodil, forget-me-not, gerbera daisy, heuchera, iris, johnny jump-up, pansy and tulip.
Now, in your own yard, this is the best time to plant warm-season annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees. Be sure to keep new plants well watered. Seeds of heat loving annuals, such as zinnia, marigold, portulaca, rudbeckia, gloriosa daisy and celosia may be sown where they are to grow, or you can try plants from your nursery.
In the shade, try begonias, impatiens, ageratum, phlox, ferns and hostas. Pinch off all blooms and buds at planting time and water well. Chrysanthemums should be rooted and replanted or divided. Dahlias and canna lilies can be planted for summer bloom. Divide daylilies and other perennials.
Put out tomatoes, eggplant, squash, cucumbers and other summer vegetables. Plant basil, dill and other annual herbs.
Azaleas may be pruned after blooming, as well as forsythia, quince, spirea and other spring flowering shrubs. Cut back the stems (not foliage) of daffodils so they do not produce seed.
Fertilize azaleas, camellias and daylilies. Spray for tea scale before temperatures reach 80 degrees.
Fertilize lawn after green-up.
Repot container plants and move some houseplants under trees for the summer.
The Liberty & Bryan County Master Gardeners and County Extension Services are presenting another "Brown Bag" lecture during the noon hour at the park in Hinesville later this month. The topic will be "Spring Planting." Bring a sack lunch or just sit and enjoy. For information, call 876-2133. Watch the community calendar for the date.
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