• Feed! Feed! Feed! Winter cold and rain have washed nutrients from the soil. Fertilize all of your plants to support spring growth. Begin feeding in March or April once the threat of frost has passed.

  • When roses have 4”-6” of new growth it is time to feed them too. For best results, feed now through Fall according to rose food directions. Our favorite rose foods are: Dr. Earth, Master Nursery, and Maxsea.

  • Supplement roses every spring with Sul Po Mag and Alfalfa Meal 2-0-3. Your roses will look better than ever!!

  • This is a good time to start feeding fruit trees, grapes, and berries. We recommend Dr. Earth’s Life for it’s easy ‘throw-and-go’ application.

Plant Protection

  • Spring rains bring fungus. Control rust, black spot and powdery mildew on roses with Serenade earth friendly effective sprays. Apply as needed through spring.

  • Protect new plantings from slugs and snails with pet safe Sluggo or the stronger Sluggo Plus.

  • Problems with worms in your apples in the past? You need to monitor for codling moth activity using Pest Wizard Codling Moth 2 Trap Kit. Traps should be set out least two weeks before buds break. Set out your two traps per apple tree as high up as you can reach. If you catch codling moths then it’s time to spray. We recommend Captain Jack’s Deadbug Brew which contains spinosad. If you want to try controlling the coddling moths with traps alone, use at least 4 traps per tree.

  • Problems with worms in your cherries? Put out homemade traps on cherry trees to catch drosophila flies and spray with spinosad if needed.


  • Remember to water plants under eaves and in containers. It’s important now to deep water trees and shrubs if it isn’t raining on a regular basis. Their root systems are starting to grow again now that the soil temperatures are rising.

  • Begin pruning most evergreen shrubs, but do wait until they are done blooming!

  • Cut back Fuchsias by about a third. Make sure you keep some leaf buds where new branches will grow.