Hello, again!

Quite a rollercoaster of temperatures we have been having! I mentioned last week about keeping our pansy crop at low temperatures. Jeremy and I chatted about letting the plants experience really cold temperatures, like in the 20’s. I’ll admit I was a bit nervous seeing the thermostat at 25 degrees and the plants frozen, both flowers and foliage. Jeremy reassured me that was our plan and they would be fine… and they are. As soon as it warmed up above freezing in the greenhouse, the plants looked just like they had the day before. So after last week's cold spell, we stocked the stores with a few pansies and violas that are ready to plant now in your garden.

Also arriving this week are onion sets and seed potatoes, to go along with our fully stocked seed racks. It’s time to get your spring vegetables started indoors, including tomatoes and peppers, as well as any annual flowering plants that you intend to plant in early April. If you are a “gamble gardener” like I tend to be, we have our first crop of tomatoes started. I’ve planted a tomato plant the last week of February in the past when the weather allowed, and it survived the season (with additional protection from the initial cold temperatures).

The window to control our summer weeds is also now opening. Think about applying ferti-lome For All Seasons before the soil temperatures are regularly above 60 degrees. After that, annual weeds such as crabgrass and other weeds will germinate. An application of For All Seasons feeds warm and cool season grasses for up to 5 months, creating a stronger root system for your lawn. For All Seasons also provides weed control for a large var iety of grassy and broadleaf weeds. Broadleaf weeds such as dandelion, henbit and chickweed (the big 3) germinated last fall. Control with ferti-lome Weed Free Zone is pretty easy once the weather is regularly above 50 degrees.

Being professional strength, Weed Free Zone is our quickest working broadleaf weed killer. Weed Free Zone controls over 80 of the toughest-to-control broadleaf weeds including clover, bindweed, spurge, chickweed, dandelion, henbit, oxalis, poison ivy, purslane, shepherd's purse, thistle, black medic, Virginia buttonweed, wild onion and many others. Use it in fescue, Kentucky bluegrass, ryegrass, Bermudagrass, zoysia, and buffalograss - without harming the grass. By applying now, the young weeds are easily controlled before being given an opportunity to develop seeds.

The easiest way to manage your turf is to sign up for our ferti-lome 5-step Lawn Care Program. Each program is tailored to your individual lawn's needs. Visit with one of our lawn care professionals to develop a plan for your cool or warm season lawn’s needs for the entire season. We’ll even store it for you!

There's a lot going on in the lawn and landscape as it warms up, but being prepared will help cut down the workload later this season. Also, don't forget that you can spend your Garden Rewards points now, so it's a great time to come in. See you soon!

Your friend in the garden,

Marty Johnson
Owner - Johnson's Garden Center