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Landscape Supply of Utah Draper Utah

March 2022 Gardener’s Almanac Checklist

  • Pests and Problems: Consider taking soil samples to determine fertilizer needs.

  • Plant seeds of cool season vegetables (peas, lettuce, radishes…) as soon as garden soil is workable.

  • Consider planting peas in the garden every 2-3 weeks (until early May) to extend the harvest.

  • If it didn’t happen in the fall, add organic matter to the vegetable garden to help build and amend the soil.

  • Avoid compacted soil by avoiding tilling wet or saturated garden soil.

  • Consider backyard composting or vermiculture (composting with worms).

  • If storing bulbs, check the bulb’s condition to ensure they are firm, removing any soft or rotten bulbs.

  • If locally available, plant bare root trees and shrubs, keeping the exposed roots moist until planted.

  • Remove protective trunk wrap and burlap from trees in the spring after snow has melted.

  • Fertilize spring flowering bulbs such as tulips, daffodil, fritillaria and crocus.

  • Plant cold hardy pansies and primrose.

  • Click here to subscribe to the Utah Pests IPM Advisories for timely tips on controlling pests in your yard and garden.

  • Prune berries and fruit trees such as apples, pears, peaches, cherries, plums and apricots.

  • Attend a USU Extension sponsored pruning demonstration near you.

  • Apply Horticulture oils at bud break (delayed dormant) in fruit trees to control overwintering insect pests.

  • Apply pre-emergent herbicides in late March – mid April to control annual weeds in your lawn (crabgrass, spurge…).

  • Sharpen mower blades and prepare for the season. Set mower height to mow 2 1/2 to 3 inches tall, mow at this height entire summer.

  • Consider including a native fruiting species in the landscape, including chokecherryelderberryserviceberry or currant.

Pests and Problems:

  • Download ‘Utah Home Orchard Pest Management Guide’.
  • Damping off is a fungal disease that affects new seedlings.
  • Aspen leaf spot may be prevalent during cool, wet springs. Control measures should occur at bud break.
  • Anthracnose may be prevalent during cool, wet springs. Control measures should occur at bud break.
  • Control rust mites in apple and pear trees after leaves have emerged and expanded by 1/2 inch.
  • For pears, apply dormant oil when leaf buds swell. This smothers eggs of the Pear psylla that are laid on buds by overwintering adults.
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