It’s not too early to think about your yard and garden

With the extremely cold weather we have experienced recently working in your yard is probably the last thing on your mind however now is a perfect time to prune select summer blooming shrubs. Butterfly bushes, gardenias, Rose of Sharon and some hydrangeas will reward your efforts in about 6 months. Roses also need a good pruning now to provide better air circulation later. Even your lawn will benefit from a little attention. This is the perfect time to apply pre-emergent to your lawn (not weed and feed) especially since you should not sow grass seed at the same time. Seed and fertilizer come later.

Cold weather plants need attention right now too. Spraying your camellias with horticultural oil will stop the tea scale that causes yellow leaves in the winter. Since tea scale is a pest it is best to discard in the trash any yellow leaves that you remove as well as those that have fallen to the ground around the plant. Many of the cool weather crops such as onions, potatoes, greens, lettuce, spinach, beets, carrots, radishes and peas can be planted in February. You will be harvesting these while your summer garden is still a dream.

We know that many of you like to start your garden from seeds. If you have never tried before it is a wonderful winter activity. It’s a great way to bring the “green” inside and children love to help. Everyone gets caught up in watching the seeds sprout and grow. Hurry up Spring!!!

We have some great events coming up at Main Street. Currently there are promotions on select Jonsered and Wright mowers while supplies last. March 2nd and 3rd is our annual spring equipment sale. In conjunction with the sale we will hold our annual Pesticide and Insecticide Continuing Education Class. For more details see our website

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