MARCH

With the warm weather the fruit trees are starting to bloom.  Remember when 50% of the petals have fallen off the blooms it is time to spray the fruit trees with insect spray.  Keep spraying every few weeks until the time of harvest.  Russell Feed has both organic and chemical sprays for your fruit and pecan trees.  We also have zinc available for pecan trees.

After the danger of frost has passed, which is around March 21st, you gardeners can go crazy planting out in the garden.  Plant your tomatoes, squash, peppers and more.  Russell Feed will have your plants and seeds ready for you.

Mid-March is the time to start your lawn fertilizing program.  Russell Feed has a wide range of fertilizers available for you to apply to your lawns.  It’s time for molasses to help stimulate the microbial activity in the soil.

20% vinegar can be used as a spot treatment against those unwanted weeds and grasses that pop up in your lawn.   For large areas of broadleaf weeds use a 2-4-D product.

I hope all of our customers have a Great Spring!

Mike

FEBRUARY

To our customers with fruit and pecan trees-

  • When you can, catch a day with the temps between 40 – 98 degrees.  This is a great time to spray with horticulture oil, dormant oil, or a all season oil.  Any of these oil sprays will kill insect eggs.  Insects lay their eggs on your trees in the fall and will hatch in the warm spring weather.  We carry a great line of both organic and chemical fruit and pecan tree sprays!

Moving on to your yards-

  • As soon as this weather clears up, it is time to apply pre-emergent.
    • We carry the organic corn gluten meal which covers about 2000 sq. ft. per bag.
    • We carry several chemical pre-emergent.
    • New for us this year is Bonide Weed Beater Complete.  Weed Beater Complete is both a pre-emergent and post-emergent.  It will kill both grassy and broadleaf weeds. Those already up and those that will try to come up.
  • The timing for applying pre-emergent is:
    • Early February
    • End of April first of May
    • Mid September
    • Applying pre-emergent 3 times or more a year should give you a weed free lawn.

Notes:

  • February 14th is the time to prune your bush roses back about half way.  For your climbing roses, just prune to shape.  No major pruning needs to be done.
  • All of our stores have bulk and packaged seeds for your gardens.
  • A fresh supply of cold crop plants should be arriving soon.
  • We still have onions and potatoes for your gardens.

JANUARY

    Well I hope everyone had a great start to the New Year.  As we all know Spring is just around the corner.  Those veggie gardeners are biting at the bit to get started.  Onions are ready to be planted now.  The cold weather should not bother them. Certified seed potatoes should be planted in February.  If you go by the Almanac you plant your seed potatoes by the dark of the moon.  The dark of the moon is February the 2nd.

How to plant certified seed potatoes:

  1.  Take a potato and quarter it.  Make sure there is at least 1 eye in every quarter.
  2. Let the ends of the potato dry over night.  They should be ready to plant the next morning.  You can dust with dusting sulfur if your potatoes have rotted in the past.
  3. Plant your potato quarters 3” to 4” deep and 12” to 15” apart.  Space your rows 2’ to 3’ apart.
  4. Harvest after the potato plant has bloomed for new potatoes.  For larger size potatoes wait until the tops have fallen over.
  5. Brush the dirt off the potatoes but do not wash them until ready to use them.
  6. Store them in a cool and dry place around 65 to 70 degrees.

NOTE:  What makes a certified seed potato is that it has not been sprayed with a   growth inhibitor to stop sprouting.

Other veggie seeds that can be planted now in January are English peas and Spinach.  Check the Spring Planting Guide for veggie seed planting dates.

February will be the time for pre-emergent, there will be more to come on this topic later.

Let me know if there are any topics or question you have on your gardens.

MIKE

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