Garden chores of the month: March

March is the month when stirrings begin to well up inside gardening enthusiasts.  It’s still early, but spraying and garden clean up can take place in anticipation of April when garden and landscape work really begins.

  • Apply borer spray if you have a borer problem.
  • Cut back ornamental grasses and remove remaining dead stalks from last years perennial plantings.
  • Conduct winter watering.

A Colorado Springs winter is typically characterized by very dry weather conditions.  Thus, it’s necessary to water your landscape after sprinkler systems are shut down for the season in order to ensure the survival of plants.  Most well-established plants should be able to survive without supplemental water, although a little water wouldn’t hurt them.  It’s the recently planted ones that are most worrisome.

A thorough watering should be done at least every three weeks if there hasn’t been any significant precipitation.  Be sure to water after the day time temperature reaches at least 40 degrees to prevent freeze damage to the root system.

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