Time to apply patience in the garden – Oklahoman.com

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The extra hour of daylight at the end of each day combined with the days getting longer give us more time to work in the yard and garden.This last week or two we have pivoted from a mostly brown look on our lawns and landscape to seeing a lot more green and other color as the plant world begins to come alive for a new growing season.The yellow, orange and white of daffodils bulbs and bright yellow of forsythia flowering shrubs are announcing spring. The cool-season grasses are greening back up as the purple flowered henbit makes us forget that we think of it as a weed most of the time. We still have great concern for many of our broadleaf evergreens and some trees and other plants from the extended and harsh deep freeze just a few weeks ago.  We are beginning to see swollen buds and the first encouraging signs of spring growth on many of our shade, ornamental and fruit trees.We still need more patience to see how many of our broadleaf shrubs, perennials and other more tender plants will respond after the extreme freezes. You can prune to shape, but otherwise I would wait to cut back until we see if new growth comes out at the top of the plant canopy or if they froze back part way or all the way to the ground.  Once you know where the new growth is coming from you can trim out the dead wood.  If you have no new growth or signs of life by mid-May, you likely will need to consider removal and planting new plants. This is the time of years folks get anxious to plant everything and you might get away with it if we escape another freeze, but our last average freeze is still about three weeks away in central Oklahoma. So it is best to wait to plant tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, begonias, impatiens and the thousands of warm blooded plants until about April 15.If you do want to plant warm crops early, be prepared to protect them when we get another freeze. Hot-blooded plants like sweet potato vine, caladium and periwinkle will do best if you wait until May 1 or after for warmer nights. There are many cool-season crops to plant now including seed potatoes, onion plants and sets, plants of broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. You can plant seeds or plants of beets, carrots, Swiss chard, kohlrabi, leaf and head lettuce, green peas, radishes, spinach and turnips.These cool-season crops should be planted at once, in well drained soil, so the crops have time to grow and develop for harvest before we get into hot summer weather. We are in the final couple of weeks to plant most of these cool-season crops as well as bareroot asparagus, horseradish, strawberries, grapes, raspberries, black berries and fruit trees. You can plant these longterm crops later in the season if they are container grown and have a well-established root system but the bareroot planting season is in the final week or two for best success.We are also nearing the end of pre-emergent weed control season as timing is everything on weed control. Once the crabgrass, goatheads, sand-burrs or other summer weeds have germinated, pre-emergent herbicides are no longer effective and you will need to revert to hand pulling or switch and use a post emergent herbicide. This is a great time to prepare new flowerbeds or to create new raised beds for your flowers and vegetables. Select an area, remove the grass and weeds, add sphagnum peat or organic matter and get ready for planting.Rodd Moesel serves as president of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau and was inducted into the Oklahoma Agriculture Hall of Fame.  Email garden and landscape questions to [email protected]   
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