Gardening by the Moon Weekend To-Do
An idea as old as agriculture, based both folklore and superstition but there are scientific ideas to back it up.
- Lunar Phase: New Moon, Wednesday, March 6
- Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Capricorn - Harvest, weed, cultivate and fertilize
- If your lawn has not been fertilized in the last six weeks, it is time to get started. With Bluegrass and Rye, if you delay too much longer, you will start to see lawn rust. Depending on the fertilizer, a lawn should be fed every six weeks, January through June and then two more applications between Labor Day and Thanksgiving.
- Fruit and shade trees are fed 16-16-16 to encourage the new flush of growth. A half-pound of fertilizer per inch of trunk diameter measured, two feet off the ground is the recommended rate.
Later in the Week
- Tuesday/Wednesday: Moon in the sign of Pisces - Plant, prune, water,
- It’s not too late to prune roses and fruit trees and don’t be concerned if the new growth is starting to emerge.
Other Things To-do
- The unwanted grasses and weeds are growing rapidly so don’t procrastinate in controlling them. Daylight Saving Time begins next Sunday.
- Be sure to keep the area under Camellias plants clean from all the spent flowers. Good sanitation practices are the only method we have of preventing Camellia Petal Blight. Camellia Petal Blight causes the flowers to rot in the center.