Hopefully Oklahoma gardeners have seen the last frost. Let Oklahoma Red Dirt Gardening begin!
Remember not to remove the foliage on your spring bulbs just yet. The bulbs are still gathering nutrients for next years flowers. Once the leaves begin to die back then remove them.
Bedding plants, summer bulbs, annual flowering seeds can begin about mid April.
Warm season crops such as okra, tomatoes What is Wrong With My Tomatoes, squash.
Herbs like basil, lemongrass, mint, oregano, sage and thyme, etc.
It is still not too late to get in your Oklahoma trees and shrubs.
Begin planting Oklahoma Bermuda lawns at the end of the month from sprigs, plugs or sod.
I drench the roots of all new plantings with Garret Juice. My Favorite Organic Products I also use it as a foliar spray. Since it is organic it will not burn your plants.
If you use organic lawn fertilizer that can also be applied at 20LBS/1000 sq. ft.
If you use chemical fertilizers and have an Oklahoma warm-season lawn you will need to fertilize 5 times per year. The first application will be the last week of April to the first week of May. When to Fertilize Your Oklahoma Warm-Season Lawn. The application rate for high nitrogen fertilizer is one pound per 1000sf. this will produce a high quality lawn. Remember to water in the this type of fertilizer.
If you still have freeze damage on branches or other plants remove it to promote new growth and to improve the over all appearance and health of the plant/shrub/tree.
Mow Bermuda and Zoysia to a height of 1 to 1.5 inches and buffalo grass to 3 inches. It is not necessary to scalp your lawn it only promotes the growth of weeds.
Water as needed, however pay more attention to new plantings. Also, Oklahoma winds will dry things out quickly.
Container plants as needed.
Do forget to feed and water the birds!
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