What is a TIDBIT? It is a small, interesting fact about a particular subject, a detail. A tidbit is a little-bitty piece of information — perhaps something funny or strange about, well, about anything. Get it?
TIDBITS, the article in POSH, will be sharing bits of helpful hints/knowledge given by local professionals. The subject of each TIDBITS will be different, ranging from areas as broad as Easy Tips on Investments to subjects like How to Pick Out Paint Colors. Actually, what do you want to read about? How to win at poker? Adopting a pet?
Don’t you love TIDBITS so far? Here’s your first opportunity to think about something new — and spring-like — for a change:
How fortunate that long-time local business, James Sanders Nursery, spread out on its landmark location at 4123 Schneidman Road, has family member Crystal Sanders, currently serving as president of the family company, and Kelly Sanders-Dye, ASLA, AICP, serving as landscape architect and planner.
You still see their dad, Larry, and their mom, Carol, friendly and helpful as usual. And there is an assortment of dogs around, as anyone ever setting foot in James Sanders Nursery would expect.
Both girls accepted the offer to share gardening tips and ideas with TIDBITS, and look forward to readers coming to the store or contacting them with questions about James Sanders Nursery or information you see here, or on www.posh-mag.com.
Garden Tips for March
- Prune deciduous trees by removing any dead or dying branches, sprouts growing at the base of the trunk, and any crossed branches.
- Prune fruit trees and grapes in late February after the worst of winter has passed, but before new growth begins. Fertilize fruit trees when the ground is thawing but before blossom time. Apply dormant spray according to the label in late February.
- Consider planting edible fruits such as blueberries, grapes, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries; research your site and we will assist you with planting procedures and varieties that are hardy for our area.
- Prune roses 18”-24” from the ground to allow for new growth and good air circulation. Pruning is highly recommended to control height and keep the plants disease free. Remove all broken or dead stems as well as any weak or twiggy branches. Remove any sucker growth that is below the graft.
- Trim back Ornamental Grasses. Most Ornamental Grasses should be trimmed back to the ground sometime during the dormancy period. If you like the way ornamental grasses look in the Winter, even though the foliage is brown, then enjoy them all Winter and trim them at the end of Winter/early Spring just before new growth starts. If you don’t like the brown look, then trim them any time they are dormant.
- Keep an eye on the temperatures and before the forsythia begins to bloom apply a crabicide to your lawn.
Remember that most crabicides are pre-emergents so they must be applied before the crabgrass begins actively growing.
- To chase away those cold dreary days trim branches of forsythia, flowering quince, pussywillow, or crabapple to force blooming indoors. Cut branches at an angle and place in a vase of fresh water.