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Birds. Welcome your feathered friends back by cleaning out your bird feeders and replacing old seed.

Prepare. Get your soil ready for planting by amending it with organic soil amendments, such as GreenAll Soil Booster, and compost. This feeds both the plants that will go in the soil and adds microbes that help the plants to grow. By amending your soil, you will get better growth from all your plants. Come into Evergreen today to pick up all the supplies you need to prepare your beds. Soil Booster is an Evergreen Essential.

Plant.  Spring annual and perennial color is in stock now, so it’s a great time to pick up 6-packs and 4″ pots and fill in your flower beds and containers with long-lasting color. If you want a jump-start to your garden, plant 1 gallon containers of your favorite color perennials.  When planting, make sure to mixSure Start into the soil. Sure Start is a 100% natural and organic fertilizer blended with humic acid and beneficial soil microbes formulated to help newly transplanted plants to develop strong roots and sturdy growth.  Sure Start is an Evergreen Essential.

Sow. Once all chance of frost has passed, plant seeds of summer annuals such as easy-to-grow cosmos, nasturtiums, sunflowers, and zinnias. Evergreen Nursery has a large selection of Lily Miller and Renee’s Garden seed packets.

Vegetables. Now’s the time to plant tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, squash, beans, peas and other warm weather vegetables. Evergreen Nursery has an outstanding selection of heirloom, conventional and organic varieties in 4″ pots and 6-packs. We now carry an assortment of Evergreen Essentials vegetables in 3.5″ pots.

Citrus. Citrus has arrived at Evergreen and it’s time to plant. Choose from our wide variety of lemons, limes, oranges and other popular citrus for our area.

Prevent. New hatchlings of snails and slugs are out now, so control the population and protect your plants by using Sluggo, a snail bait safe for use around wild life and children.

Bugs. Keep watch for Aphids and Spittle Bugs, which look like foamy masses on your plants. Both are easy to control. Just give your plants a blast from the hose, get some ladybugs (we sell them here), or control large infestations with Bonide® Captain Jack’s Deadbug Brew.

Coddling Moths. Those worms in your apples are actually coddling moth larvae. Put coddling moth traps in your apple trees to help reduce the number of affected fruit.

Flowering shrubs. After azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons finish blooming, remove spent blooms to keep them looking great and prevent disease. Feed the plants with a fertilizer especially developed for acid lovers, such as E.B. Stone Azalea, Camellia & Gardenia Food.

Water. As temperatures rise, increase the frequency of irrigation. Turn on your irrigation system and flush it out. Set your timers to run for longer periods of time, but fewer times during the week. Deep-water established plants often enough to prevent wilt and promote deep rooting, but don’t water more than necessary (check soil moisture around roots with a soil auger or by digging down with a trowel).

Mow. Don’t wait too long to start mowing your lawn. With spring rains and warmer temperatures, your grass will need to start being mowed somewhat regularly, starting in March. Now is the time to switch your lawn food to GreenAll Lawn Food or Weed and Feed.

Be sure to check out our website for more great tips and gardening advice!