For Gardeners: April Checklist
Fertilize the lawn because now is the time to feed both warm season grasses (such as Bermuda, Zoysia, and St. Augustine). Also, cool season grasses (such as Kentucky Bluegrass and Tall Fescue). Check the label to make sure your fertilizer is formulated for your type of grass. Use only lawn fertilizer now, not weed and feed, which works better in June and July-when weeds are actively growing.
The Bearded Iris (Iris Hybrid), come in just about every flower color, both solids and bi-colors. With branced flower stalks, it ranges in height from 8-inch miniatures to 48-inch giants. Some selections rebloom in fall. They all make excellent cut flowers and be sure to provide full sun and well-drained soil. Feed in Spring and Early Summer with Espoma Bulb Tone 3-5-3. Do not plant too deeply; the top half inch of the thick roots; called rhizones should be visible from above.
by Stephen Bender (Southern Living Magazine, April 2015)
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