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We are way behind last year as far as our spring temperatures are concerned.Image result for round thermometer


Many things that occur in Nature are directly dependent upon temperature. Insects emerging from the soil, eggs hatching, crabgrass and other weeds germinating, flowers and leaves appearing on your shrubs and trees are all activated by temperature.

As we all know, we have had unseasonably cold weather the last couple of months. That coupled with the late snow fall and lots of rain has set our yards back; we’re way behind the calendar horticulturally speaking.

What does all of this mean?  You’ve still have time to get these important spring chores done!

  •  Apply Turf Line Crabgrass Preventer with Fertilizer now through the week of May 14th. Its active ingredient Prodiamine is extremely effective and will control crabgrass and many annual weeds up to 90 days. Crabgrass will not germinate until soil temperatures exceed 55 to 60 degrees F.
  • Spray your shrubs, roses, fruit trees and other woody ornamentals now with our Bonide All Season Horticultural & Dormant Spray Oil. This acts to suffocate overwintering insects and their eggs before they awaken. It also suppresses many fungal problems by killing their spores on the bark of woody perennials, shrubs and trees.
  • Apply one of our selective moss control products to destroy mosses, liverwarts, hornwarts, lichens and other related problems before they establish a strong foothold in your lawns and gardens.
  • Fertilize all of your ornamental shrubs and trees with our Van Putte 15 Plus Fertilizer to get them off to a strong start. It’s fortified with sulfur and iron which are very important plant nutrients.

Come into VanPutte Gardens and let one of our Green Thumb Specialists help you select the best product for your “now warming yard” needs.


Written by: Rick Stecher – Garden Center Manager

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