Spring Mulching

March 15th, 2011

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Are the plants in your yard beginning to leaf out or swell with buds yet? If they’re not, they certainly will be soon. Maybe you’re wondering about when to fertilize. Well, it depends.

A good layer of aged compost, aged manure or bark mulch can be placed around the base of your plants now. Create a ring around the plants that is 2 to 4 inches deep extending approximately 18 to 24 inches from the trunk of the plant. Be sure to leave a welled area at the base of the plant of roughly 3 inches wide around the trunk of the plant so the mulch doesn’t touch the bark. This welled area is to direct water to the root system and for air circulation.

Once your trees and shrubs have leafed out, you can apply a timed-release fertilizer. Unless you have tested your soil and know where the soil’s nutrients are lacking, a basic fertilizer can be used such as a 10-10-10. Fertilize is used to balance out the lacking or low level nutrients in your soil’s pH. Here is a link to a page that will explain how to read the fertilize label and the best way to distribute it. For more fertilizing information – click here.

Please take time to visit Yardshare.com to learn more about their “Celebrating Gardens” Contest. Yardshare is a free website that allows homeowners and landscape professionals to create virtual yards, share tips and build friendships. Submit your own pictures and designs while members and visitors vote online for their favorite yard. The winner receives a $1000 gift certificate from Greenwood Nursery. Visit Yardshare.com for complete details.

When you visit your Club Page, you will find the weekly specials as well as the weekly specials for the follow 3 weeks. Greenwood Nursery wants to help you plant your garden and landscape, so you can plan your purchases around the Greenwood Weekly Specials.

This week’s Club Specials, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with 15% off bare root evergreen plants, such as the Thuja Green GiantsArborvitae Emerald GreenNorway Spruce and White Pine. Remember these weekly specials are only good through midnight, Thursday, March 17th.

Greenwood’s Annual Spring Bonus Plants are back and ready for shipping with orders. Visit yourMember’s Club Page for the promotional codes for these Spring Bonus Plants. You pick the bonus you want!

Don’t forget to check out the March Value Page to see what new plant varieties are on sale this month.

– Cheryl

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