Hello, again!

With the great temperatures we are experiencing this week, I'd say that spring has almost sprung. Something I learned last year while on the mid-day news at KAKE TV, is that March 1st is the “meteorological” first day of spring. In the back of my mind, I have always felt that the four seasons seem to start about a month or so earlier than the official changing of the seasons. So it's no surprise that this week has me itching to start gardening. Here's what's on my mind:

Last weekend, we filled our outdoor bedding plant tables with cold tolerant pansies and violas. We’ve shut the furnaces off in the production greenhouse where the plants have been growing since early December. Our cole crops like broccoli and brussels sprouts, as well as kale and lettuce are out on the retail floor as well. As soon as our ground temperatures rise a few degrees, it'll be time to get the plants in the ground. If freezing temperatures are in the forecast, they are easy to cover.

We are a few weeks ahead of the germination of our grassy annual weeds such as crabgrass and foxtail, so by using a season-long preventer like ferti-lome For All Seasons II Lawn Food plus Crabgrass and Weed Preventer now, your turf will be crabgrass free until fall. Short, residual preventers such as Halts or Team are only effective up to 60 days. A second application is often necessary to extend their control. For All Seasons will give season-long control of crabgrass from a single application. In fact, it can be applied much earlier than short, residual products and will still have sufficient strength to last the entire season. With a quality fertilizer included in the product, For All Seasons will get your cool season turf off to a good start. Not being quick release, it will feed the turf for weeks.

Many homeowners choose to go with our 5-step Lawn Care Program to take the guesswork out of lawn care. Stop by the stores, and we will be happy to answer your lawn care questions and provide you with an easy-to-apply program tailored to your lawn's needs - cool or warm season.

We're on Facebook Live weekly, and we always get questions about what plants are new in stock. Helleborus is often asked about this time of year, and I saw the first arrive this morning at the stores. Helleborus or lenten rose is a greatly underused, shade-loving, winter-blooming perennial. This is the time of year that we have regular shipments of plants in both stores, so be sure to stop by regularly and see what's new!

Your friend in the garden,

Marty Johnson
Owner - Johnson's Garden Center