Tips courtesy of Alabama Cooperative Extension System; for more information, see www.aces.edu.
Fruits and Nuts
- Continue strawberry and grape plantings.
- Bud apples and peaches.
- Start planting blackberries.
- Remember, if weather conditions prevent prompt planting, heel the plants in by placing the root system in a trench and covering the soil.
- Fertilize shrubs (except azaleas and camellias) according to a soil test.
- Late plantings may be made, particularly if they are container-grown.
- Watch shrubs for harmful insects.
- Plant bermuda, zoysia, and centipede in South Alabama.
- Seed bluegrass and grass mixtures in North Alabama.
- Fertilize established lawns.
- Watch new growth for aphids.
- Begin a spray or dust program.
- Begin fertilizing.
- Tender annuals may be planted in South Alabama.
- Check garden centers for bedding plants.
- Plant gladiolus every two or three weeks if a long blooming season is desired.
- Plant tuberous begonias in pots.
- Plant dahlias.
- Check and repair sprayers, dusters, and lawn mowers.
- Control lawn weeds with chemicals.
- Delay pruning of fruiting shrubs such as cotoneasters, pyracanthas, and hollies until after flowering.
- Plant hardy crops recommended for January and February.
- After danger of frost is past, plant tender vegetables.
- Plant cabbage, onions, lettuce, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts in North Alabama.
- Plant tomatoes and peppers in lower South Alabama.
Visit the Gerlach Plant Information Center inside the Garden Center during March and April for the exhibit Tomatoes: there is more to this crop than you think!