With our cool nights and abundant sunlight, the Truckee Meadows/Carson City environment is ideal for growing cool-season grasses which include bluegrass varieties, turf fescues, fine fescues, and perennial ryes.
When selecting plants for a landscape, gardeners need to consider several points very early in the planning process. Simply going to a garden center and picking out something pretty and planting it without considering several factors often lead to problems later.
Purchase vegetable and flower seeds now while selection is broad.
Start seeds for spring or summer-blooming annuals, vegetables and perennials. Follow the directions on individual seed packets for requirements for bottom heat, light or darkness. Some seeds might require a short period of chilling before being sown.
Check soil moisture around all your plants; with the relatively dry winter and spotty precipitation, you may find dry areas around at least some of your plants. Water accordingly.
Continue to check plants for signs of damage from animals or weather.
To prevent weeds, apply Hi-Yield Herbicide Granulespre-emergent to planting beds when you see early signs of spring such as crocus emerging or the forsythia blooming – applying at this time will control many cool season weeds.
To control both grassy and broadleaf weeds in lawns, apply Bonide Weedbeater Complete, apre-emergent and post-emergent, in late February or early March as weather permits.