Caring and Watering are ready to go! After consulting my library, I’ve identified ninety-three little things that will lead to the easiest and best preparation for a beautiful and green year for you and your yard. I’ve divided them into six categories for you:
If you’d like more planting information, I’ve added links to as many of the plant names and terms as I could, so that should help. I also want to thank the authors of the following books which helped me put these items together:
Month by Month Gardening in Georgia by Walter Reeves & Erica Glasener
Taylor’s Guide to Gardening in the South edited by Rita Buchanan and Roger Holmes
Backyard Secrets of Garden Experts by Leslie Garisto
Ready? Let’s get started!
37. Keep an eye out for seedlings of annuals you planted last year. Poppy and Larkspur seedlings should be easily visible. They should be reset to about 6 to 12 inches apart. Gently transplant them to an empty space. If you have more seedlings than space, remove some of the crowded seedlings and if you think they are viable, put them in the old pots you’ve already emptied and give them to family, friends, or neighbors.
38. If you planted a cover crop on your vegetable garden last fall, mow it first, then till the leaves and stems into the soil.
39. Set your overwintered houseplants outdoors on warm days, but bring them inside if temperatures go below 50 degrees. Protect them from wind and intense sunlight.
40. It’s time to fertilize and water them more often as light levels increase in spring.
41. East and north facing windows are generally good for low light plants.
42. South and west facing windows are good only for high light plants. If you add sheer curtains, it will allow you to sun your medium light plants.
43. Just as the leaves of your Bermuda grass, Zoysia Grass, and Centipede grass grow over the course of the year, the roots of these grass plants do too. Each plant stores a great deal of energy in their central crowns in the late fall. As grass blades turn brown, roots also die back. Avoid using grass killing chemicals on warm-season grasses in March. Weed preventing chemicals can be used without harm to turf grass.
44. Check the covering on flats of seeds you are starting indoors. If you don’t see some haze of condensation, remove the plastic and mist the soil until damp.
45. Keep spring bulbs that are actively growing and blooming well watered. If you don’t get at least an inch of rain per week, water.
46. Water the fruit trees you planted in the last six months. They need 1 gallon of water per foot of height per week. Keep a 2 to 3-inch thick layer of mulch over the root system, but keep it at least 3 inches from the trunk.
47. Leaving excess water in your houseplant pot saucers is a good way to get root rot. I suggest putting pea gravel or sand in your saucer and place the pot on top. That way, the sand wicks up the excess water and increases evaporation.
48. Windy days cause grass to dry out. Water the grass that was planted within the last six months.
49. Water fescue lawns that were recently seated.
50. Water all new plantings and transplants once a week for the first month after they are planted.
51. Water established plantings once every two weeks if you do not get one or more inches of rain.
52. Newly planted roses, especially bare root plants, need regular watering. Give each plant at least 3 gallons of water per week. Allow the soil to dry somewhat between watering spells.