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Spring has Sprung in Travis County

Peggy Martin Rose in full bloom at the Earth-Kind Demonstration Garden on Smith Road

Peggy Martin Rose in full bloom outside the AgriLife office in the Earth-Kind Demonstration Garden on Smith Road

St. Valentine’s Day is the first day of spring for many gardeners in Travis County. February 14th is usually the start of milder weather and with any luck, the hard freezes are over. Now is the time to garden: prune your roses, start your spring vegetable garden, restart your compost, and get a jump on weeds these few weeks before warmer air arrives in April.

Get Expert Advice from Master Gardeners at These Events

Travis County Master Gardeners are out and about all through the month of March, giving you a great opportunity to get your questions answered and receive expert advice from gardeners who have experienced many of your same challenges. There are several Plant Clinics and a seminar that you can attend.

Most noteworthy on April 4th is the the 14th Annual East Austin Garden Fair. There are over 60 booths on gardening and healthy living, which include DIY projects and kids activities.

Monthly Gardening To-Do List

For even more great advice, check out our monthly gardening calendar. Your to-do-list for March should include the following activities to make the most of your time to garden:

  • Test your soil then use the results to apply fertilizer to blooming shrubs and the vegetable garden. Hold off on fertilizing your lawn until April.
  • Make sure to irrigate if your soil is dry, and water deeply if frost is predicted.
  • Add compost and water it in well to establish good soil contact.
  • Stay on top of weeds so they don’t go to seed.

Call or Email For More Help

We’re here to help. Please call, email, or stop by the AgriLife office and one of our volunteer Master Gardeners will assist.

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