Spring is on its way!
With the winter season winding down, here's a few things to be thinking of looking towards spring:
One of the most important things you can do to help usher in a successful spring season is fertilize your plants and lawns.
For your plants a general fertilizer such as a 12-12-12 or 14-14-14 will get them off to a great start. These fertilizers are easy to find and are pretty inexpensive for the job they perform. You can buy one of these products with a slow release function in order to stretch it's nutrient timeline. It's a little more pricey, but works well if you don't spend a ton of time out in your flower beds. Plant fertilizer can be applied in early March to have the best results. Make sure you don't put it down too early though. It's tempting to get out there when we get a warm snap! If you apply too early the plant isn't ready to take in the nutrients that the fertilizer has to offer. While this doesn't exactly harm the plant, it's a waste of product. The nutrients will be washed away without the plant actually benefiting at all. Your first application of fertilizer for the lawn will be applied around the third week of March. Store bought formulas work okay, but usually don't have the effectiveness of the products available commercially. A licensed applicator will apply the proper fertilizer within the correct window. This first application is also important in getting a barrier down to help prevent crab grass.