March Gardening Tips to Get a Jump on Spring

March Gardening Tips to Get a Jump on Spring

It’s been one long cold winter, and if you’re like me you’re totally over it!  I live in Syracuse, New York where the average temperature in February was 9 degrees…yup 9 degrees.  That said, March has arrived and I feel like I can finally think spring even though I know we still have at least month of colder temps ahead.  Since it’s getting time to think spring landscape I wanted to put my to-do list together.  Some of the things on this list will be tough the first couple of weeks of March since we’re buried in snow, but I’m hoping for a quick melt off.  So without further adieu, my March to-dos…

  • If you haven’t been paying attention to your compost pile, now is a good time to start turning it/them.  Your pile should be damp enough and with a little turn you’ll turn the heat up for faster production.
  • Take a walk around the yard with your flame gun, or organic weed killer, and get them while they’re young.  This “task” will save you a lot of time and headache later!
  • Put the final touches on this season’s planting plans.  Try something different with your plantings, attract birds & butterflies, repel pests, etc…
  • If you’re planning to include vines & climbers into your gardens now can be a good time to get your trellises up.  You’ll be way ahead of planting, and it’s one less annoying task to get done later.
  • If you’ve left your ornamental grasses for the birds this winter it’s now time to tie them up, and cut them back to a few inches above the ground to allow for new growth.
  • Winter can be especially hard on lower, weaker tree branches.  When you get those warmer early spring days this month start trimming any dead, damaged branches your shrubs, & trees suffered.
  • You can prune summer-blooming shrubs such and Rose of Sharon, Spiraea, Potentilla and Summersweet (Clethra). Wait to prune your spring-blooming shrubs (such as forsythia and lilacs) until they’ve finished blooming so you don’t cut off this year’s flowers.
  • Trim back winter-killed rose canes to one inch below blackened area and all rose canes to about a foot or two above ground level. (This does not apply to climbing roses.) Once buds begin to form cut the stems back to a strong fat bud.
  • In the vegetable garden, begin to plant potatoes, peas, lettuce, radishes, and carrots.
  • Force some spring blooming trees and shrubs like forsythia, pussy willow, quince and crab apples.
  • Towards the end of the month as temperatures begin to warm, slowly remove any protective mulch you’ve laid out. Be sure to check your “frost dates” so you don’t remove mulches too soon since hard freezes are still possible.
  • Now is the time to transplant roses, shrubs and ornamental trees before the leaf buds open.
  • Set up and Clean water features and fountains.

I’ll try to accomplish most of these tasks, however as I said I live in Syracuse, New York so many will be tough to get to.  However, longer days should help as we “spring” ahead this Sunday the 8th!  What are you doing in your gardens this month, please leave a comment, and add to our list!!

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Spring Is On The Way!!

Spring is on it's way

Only 32 days until Spring 2015, and there is so much to do!  Almost time to bring out my overwintered geraniums, so keep an eye out for a “Tips & Tricks” post on waking them up!

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Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe & Warm For the Remainder of Winter

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Images by Beth

Wintertime is a super fun time of year for dogs and dog owners.  Watching a dog run, and play in fresh snow will make anyone laugh out loud. However, dog owners also need to remember it’s very important to keep your dogs clean during this time of year. I’ve outlined a few tips for keeping your best friend healthy and clean through the rest of this winter season. Continue reading

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Step-by-Step Making the Perfect Garden Hose Wreath Into the Perfect Holiday Present

Are you looking for the perfect gift for that perfect garden fanatic, your perfect landscaper, or just plain anyone on your list that can’t stand their old garden hose?  This post was originally written by the wonderful Jennifer Shanley.  The post is so popular that I it’s become Perfect Garden Hose tradition to share it in the beginning of December, and this is year three!! If you’ve seen the post three years in a row my apologies, but for any new readers you must let me know if you try it.  So back by popular demand, here’s how to make your own Perfect Garden Hose Wreath. Continue reading

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM ALL OF US AT JGB ENTERPRISES & THE PERFECT GARDEN HOSE!!

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Attracting Birds During the Winter Months

It's Mid-November, and it's time to start thinking about our backyard feathered friends.  I already have my resident Cardinals "yelling" at me in the morning because the feeder is empty, so I've got to get going myself.  By now the shelves at your local hardware or big box should be stocked to the gills with bird seed.  I suggest taking a weekend to see if you can identify what kind of birds take up residency in your yard for the winter and purchasing your birdseed accordingly.  However if you don't have the time you can always buy a blend that will accommodate just about any bird.  If there are birds that you'd like to see search out what kind of seed(s) or food will attract them, and try to attract them.  I've outlined some tips on attracting, and taking care of your yard birds below.

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JGB Awarded the DLA Innovative Business Performer of the Year

JGB Enterprises, Inc. makers of The Perfect Garden Hose, attended the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Business Alliance Awards Ceremony held in Fort Belvoir, Virginia on October 22, 2014. JGB was awarded the DLA Innovative Business Performer of the Year – Award for Small Business.

The award was presented by Vice Admiral Mark Harnitchek, Director of the Defense Logistics Agency. JGB's Director of Government Contracts, Marty Salanger was on hand to accept the award.

We were nominated for this award by DLA Land and Maritime located in Columbus, Ohio. It is an honor to receive this prestigious award and all employees should be proud of their support to DLA and take great pride in support of America's Warfighters.

Thanks to all for their continued contributions to JGB's success!!

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Overwintering Geraniums Redux

I originally wrote this post a couple of Autmuns ago, but it's just one of those posts that I think deserves a yearly redux. Last year I added about six geraniums to my overwinting project, and all six did great and will be overwintered once again this year.  Not only does overwintering save your geraniums from the compost heap, but it saves you money as well!

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The Perfect Garden Hose Fall Trade Show Schedule

  

It's trade show time again, and The Perfect Garden Hose will attending two.  This fall we be attending the True Value fall reunion in Denver, CO & the Do it Best fall show in Indianapolis, IN.  We will be highlighting our new POP display box for The Perfect Garden Hose, as well as new products targeting member who have rental programs such as our Eagle Shop Air, Eagle Red Discharge Hose, Eagle Contractors Water hose, and more.  So if you'll be attending either of these shows please stop by and see us, I've included all show information below including our booth numbers!

TRUE VALUE 2014 FALL REUNION

OCTOBER 10-12 2014
FRI 7am to 4pm / SAT 7am to 5pm / SUN 7am to 4pm
COLORADO CONVENTION CENTER
700 14th ST
DENVER, COLORADO
BOOTH# 3663

DO IT BEST FALL MARKET

OCTOBER 18-20 2014
SAT 8am to 5pm / SUN 8am to 5pm / MON 8am to 5pm
INDIANAPOLIS CONVENTION CENTER
100 S CAPITOL AVE

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA
BOOTH# 2952

Hope to see you there!!

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