Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

March, 2006
Regional Report

Check Irrigation Systems

It's almost time to start watering again, and if your irrigation system is clogged or damaged, you won't know until it's too late. Turn every line on and replace or repair as necessary. Drip systems should be inspected carefully to make sure emitters are in good working order and not moved out of place.

Fertilize Everything

Give your garden a wake-up call by applying a slow-release fertilizer to shrubs, trees, and perennials. Broadcast dry fertilizer just before predicted rain, or water after application.

Repair Lawns

Brown spots in lawns can be repaired by roughing up the soil, raking away any existing brown turf, laying down a fresh layer of potting soil, and then reseeding. Keep the repaired area damp until seed germinates. Spring weather will do the rest. If you are unsure what type of lawn you have, carry a plug to your local garden center.

Patrol for Weeds

I can't stress enough how important it is to pull weeds while they are small. Weeds compete with valuable garden plants for moisture, sun, and nutrients. Get them out before they go to seed!

Make More Perennials

Dig and divide daylily, agapanthus, sea foam statice, yarrow, and other types of clumping perennial plants now to increase your stock, share with friends, or plant in containers. Dig plants from the ground while the soil is moist and before they begin actively growing. Get a nice bit of root for each division and don't fertilize until you begin to see new growth.

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