Category: What To Do Now

WET LEAVES CAN KILL YOUR LAWN! BEWARE OF DEAD LEAVES FROM LAST FALL!

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Now that the weather is a little warmer, it’s a good idea to bring out the rake and start cleaning up any wet leaves that are still on your grass from last Fall BEFORE you even begin to THINK about watering!

Thick layers of wet leaves covering your lawn blocks your grass from receiving the air and sunlight that it needs to remain healthy. Some homeowners run a mulching mower over fallen leaves and let the cut-up pieces remain on the lawn, thinking that these mowed leaves are like mulch that will help-or at least not hurt-the lawn. It’s true that mulched leaves can be beneficial for topsoil. But it is vital that most of the mulched leaf pieces get down into the lawn rather than remain on top where they continue to prevent sun from reaching the grass blades.

Its also best to rake your wet leaves so they don’t create a breeding ground for pests and diseases.

WHAT TO DO IN FEBRUARY? ANNUALS and BIENNIALS

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February’s a great month to get your seeds for this year’s crop of annual flowers. Buy now and avoid the last minute rush, because by May 15th, our last official frost date, a lot of stores will have run out of the highest-demand seeds.

Our number #1 best-selling annual flower seed? Blue-flowered morning glories (Ipomoea purpurea ‘Clarke’s Heavenly Blue’), followed closely by sunflowers (Helianthus annuus).

If you have a greenhouse, fluorescent light plant-growing units, or a very sunny sunroom, late February isn’t too early to start seeds of begonias, petunias, pansies, violas, lobelias, and snapdragons, which take a long time to mature to blooming size.

We’ll have plenty of lovely annuals for sale in four-packs starting in March.