Garden Tips for Spring thru Fall Planting

Lawns

12 Month Care Program

January - March – Apply Lime

February or May – Apply Pre-Emergent Crabgrass Preventer plus Lawn Food

March - May – Apply Weed Out + Lawn Fertilizer

April – May - Apply 2nd application of Weed & Crab Grass Preventer -Emergent Crabgrass Preventer plus Lawn Food

July – Apply Systemic Fungicide for brown patches if needed, granular or spray       

July - September – Apply Lawn Food Plus Iron   for a greener Looking yard

September – Best time to aerate lawn!

  • Schedule an appointment for aeration to relieve soil compaction
  • Over-seed fescue lawns with Top Choice Grass Seed at a rate of 5 pounds per 1000 square feet.
  • Concentrate grass seed more heavily in bare or thin areas.
  • Apply a good quality seed starter fertilizer such as Espoma Organic Lawn Food.
  • Keep newly seeded lawns moist (not wet) until seedlings emerge to one-half inch in length

September - October – Treat for fire ants if needed.

September – December - Apply ENCAP Fast Acting Lime 30lbs covers 5,000 sq ft

September - November – Apply New Lawn Starter Fertilizer develop roots for the winter.

Weeds:  for active weeds treat with Weed Out

Mowing Your Lawn

Make sure your mower has a sharp blade; ragged cuts release too much water from the grass blades. Mow turf-type fescue at 3½” to 4” tall. Cut grass in shade areas higher to send more nutrition to the root system

Tree and Shrub Planting and Care Tips

Proper soil preparation is the most important first step to healthy, beautiful plants.

  • Dig planting holes no deeper than the new plant's root system, but at least twice as wide. Be sure to break up existing clay soils well.
  • When placing your plant in the hole, be sure to position it no deeper than it was growing in the pot.
  • Backfill planting hole with a mixture of 2/3 native soil (clods broken up) and 1/3 Daddy Pete's Planting Mix
  • Water well to help settle the soil and get your new shrubs off to a healthy start.

One of the most frequent questions we get at King's is "How often do I water my new plants?". While there is no true formula to fit every situation, follow these tips:

  • Check your plants daily for signs of drought stress such as wilting of tips and flowers or slightly more pale leaf or needle color.
  • During the first warm seasons most, new plants will need a deep watering two to three times a week.
  • Try to check plants for drought stress early in the morning or early evening if possible. Even well-watered plants may wilt in the heat of mid-day.
  • In time watering needs will decrease as roots spread through well amended soil.
  • Perennials usually have small root systems and may require more frequent watering to become established; again, soak the root ball area.
  • Use caution to avoid constantly soggy, wet soils as these damage plant roots and contribute to fungal diseases that can kill your plants. Remember, you can always add water to a dry plant, but it is impossible to reverse the damage caused by over-watering. 

Deer Browsing Facts

  • Once animals are attracted to an area and begin feeding, it is more difficult to discourage them from returning.
  • Scare tactics such as water sprays, and noise work only briefly because deer adapt quickly.
  • What deer will eat varies from one area to another, and from one season to the next.
  • Deer have not read your list of deer-proof plants.
  • In times of drought, if you water it, deer will eat it. If they are hungry or thirsty enough, deer will eat anything; even woody stems!