Get prepared for the great awakening that happens each spring as dormant plants come back to life. Have your lawn mower tuned up and the mower blades sharpened. Check and organize basic gardening tools. Sharpen shovel and hoe blades. Sharpen and oil pruning equipment. That makes it easier to keep your landscape looking its best.
Feed avocado trees in March and again in June. Apply just under 5 cups of 16-16-16 plant food, or 10 cups of 10-10-10 fertilizer, around the drip zone of each mature tree each time you feed. And any time you apply plant food, be sure to thoroughly water it in right away.
Prune hibiscus and other evergreen shrubberies as needed, especially if it was damaged by winds or frost over the winter. Hibiscus grows quickly, so it’s OK to cut overgrown plants back quite a bit. Trim others to keep them in shape or get them out of the way. Trimming away wayward twigs and whole stems (rather than hedge-shearing) produces a more attractive, natural-looking plant.
Even though pansies flower longest when they are planted in August, we can still plant them now and enjoy them for several months. Choose from the traditional, large, funny-faced hybrids to the single-colored, faceless types, down to the tiny Johnny Jump-ups. Plant them in composted soil in a sunny spot in the garden — where loved ones and friends can see them and smile as they walk by. And don’t hesitate to pick some for table decorations, because the more you pick, the more they’ll bloom.
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