|March Plant: Blueberry
Planting blueberry bushes in your garden is possible with a little preparation. The most important thing is to remember when growing blueberry bushes is that they need a very low ph balance to grow well. Most home gardeners will need to prepare special high acid soil in order to provide the proper blueberry plant care.
For care of blueberry bushes, you may want to consider growing blueberry bushes in containers, or at least in tubs buried in the ground. This will provide containment for the high acid soil the blueberry plants need. The time to plant blueberry bushes is early to mid spring. They need full sun and consistent watering to fruit well. For good blueberry plant care, you may also want to consider pruning your bushes as needed.
February Plant: Rose
Select your planting site. Roses require a minimum of six hours of sunlight daily and must have well drained soil to develop healthy roots. Ideal planting conditions feature full morning sun and shade during the heat. Afternoon shade aid Roses in developing vibrantly colored blooms.
May Plant: Dogwood Tree
Here are some dogwood tree care and landscape integration tips from Patterson Farm Landscape Manager Jeff Wilson:
1. Plant dogwood trees in a partially shady area.
2. Be sure tree has adequate water during the first year. Dogwoods need 1 inch of water per week during growing season.
3. The best spot for planting a dogwood is an area with moist but well-drained soil that gets full to partial sun. Dig a hole approximately twice the diameter of the root system and about a foot deeper.
4. To fertilize, use 4 tablespoons of 12-4-8 per tree in February and mid-June.
5. Prune only to remove dead or diseased branches.
Call Patterson Farm Landscape at 704.637.6600 or e-mail Jeff to learn more about spring preparation for your landscape.