Magazine article Sunset

March: Your Mountain Guide

Magazine article Sunset

March: Your Mountain Guide

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To-do list

* When new green shoots appear, cut ornamental grasses down to a few inches tall.

* Sow seeds of beets, carrots, parsnips, peas, radishes, and turnips.

* Feed early-blooming bulbs with a foliar fertilizer as soon as flowers fade. Don't remove leaves until they're completely withered.

* Plant bare-root perennials, shrubs, and trees.

* Fill pots with frosttolerant English primroses, forget-me-nots, pansies, stock, sweet William, and vinca.

* Scatter California poppy seeds wherever you want drought-tolerant bright orange blooms later this spring.

* To prevent clover mites from damaging lawns, water dry areas, especially on south- and west-facing slopes and near sidewalks and driveways.

* To stop weeds from spreading, remove them while they're young, and make sure to get all of the roots. -MARCIA TATROE



Take care at the nursery to choose seed lings that will grow into productive plants.

1 Look for vibrant green foliage and stems on a plant with at least six leaves.

2 Avoid leggy seedlings. Tomatoes and peppers should be wider than they are tall.

3 Roots should be bright white and not thickly matted around the soil. …

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