February lawn tasks
__Get soil tests to prepare for Spring lime and fertilizer applications. 2cups of soil from each area in question or a random combined sample can be taken to Clemson Ag Extension office at 259 Meeting St, the second floor of the Senior Citizens Center, Mon-Fri 8:00-4:00. $6.00 per sample. More information available at http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic.
__Calculate yard square footage of each area for how much lime/fertilizer/herbicide/insecticide you may need. Help with this can be found in our store or on the website for Clemson Cooperative Extension Home and Garden Information Center http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic.
__Plan your preemergent herbicide applications for 3rd and 4th weeks of this month. Halts Crabgrass & Grassy Weed Preventer (pendimethalin) should be applied at this time to well established lawns to prevent crabgrass, spurge, oxalis and other listed weeds. One 10 lb. bag treats 5000 sq ft. It should be applied to dry grass with a broadcast (we lend these) or drop spreader and watered in with approximately ¼ inch water. Remember not to overseed treated areas because pendamethalin prevents seed germination. Also do not rake or otherwise disturb soil bed as this would break the chemical barrier in the soil. Do not re-apply pendamethalin for at least 8 weeks. As always, be sure to read the label carefully and follow all directions. For extended crabgrass and broadleaf control, an application of Hi-Yield Turf & Ornamental Weed & Grass Stopper with Dimension may be applied 4-6 weeks later (more on that next month). Wait until next month to start any fertilizer programs.
__Now is the time to prune most deciduous trees and shrubs. Crape myrtles, Chinese elms, Japanese maples, red maples and oaks could all benefit from a thoughtfully planned prune this month. Remove crossing and thin branches to allow for more light and air flow. Wait on spring flowering trees like purple leaf plums, cherries, redbuds and tulip (Japanese) magnolias until after they bloom. Summer flowering shrubs like roses, callicarpa, hibiscus and most grasses can be pruned this month. Some evergreens like ligustrum and hollies can be pruned between now and the first of April. Leave Spring flowering shrubs like azalea, spiraea, indian hawthorn and gardenias until after they have flowered. Wait until April to prune camellia, then fertilize them along with gardenia, azaleas and hollies with Holly-Tone. Do not hesitate to call Randy at 843-795-4570 in the store or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Fall is an excellent time to plant trees and shrubs when they have become dormant. When soil temperature is above 40 degrees, the plant’s roots will grow which means for us here in the south, we can generally plant through November as the temperatures continue to hover above 40. This will help the plant develop an expanded root system which will be able to support the new growth to come when spring hits.
Go through and clean out your garden beds or containers by pulling out any spent plants and/or dead branches. Clean out these areas to make space for new fall annuals. Don’t forget to deadhead spent flowers as many will continue to bloom well into the early fall.
Begin thinking about how you plan to protect your plants from the coming frost and cold. There are many ways ranging from covering them with a sheet and adding a shop lamp or old fashioned Christmas lights for warmth to building a temporary greenhouse large enough to accommodate your needs. The type of protection you need depends mainly on the quantity and location of your plants. If they are easily movable and few in number, bringing them into a garage or covering them with a sheet may do the trick. If you have a larger number of plants to protect, a temporary greenhouse may be your way to go. Be sure to plan ahead and keep an eye out as those cooler days are on the way!
That time is almost here! Get ready to experience the Hyams Christmas Room like never before! All the classic ornaments and Christmas decor plus new themes like you’ve never seen!
Count Down to October 1st
If you’re looking to serve up some of your own home grown veggies this fall, you still have time to clean up the vegetable bed and plant those brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and more. Before planting, prep your beds by adding essential soil amendments to the already existing soil to help give your tasty fall veggies all the nutrients they need to grow strong.
Don’t wait too long to get your fall vegetable seeds planted as most require late August to early September planting so they have plenty of time to bloom and mature before the first frost of fall. For those of us living along the South Carolina coast, we can still plant our seeds for broccoli, carrots, collards, kale, and a variety of others. Don’t forget that the Clemson Extension’s site for Planning a Garden provides an excellent guide to planting your veggies throughout the year!
If you’re already eager to begin decorating for fall, you can start by decorating your outdoors with a few Crotons. These plants produce an excellent show of fall color with their big beautiful green, red, yellow and orange leaves! Crotons can take cold weather down to 40 degrees, which means they are an excellent addition to your ends of summer plants and a great transition into your fall favorites! Stop into the Hyams Bedding Area and grab a couple now!