Spring is Here and It’s Time to Get Your Garden to Grow Despite the Late Start to the Season

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Garden Dept. Provides Services and Tips for Getting Your Yard in Tip-Top Shape
We may have dipped below freezing this past weekend, but Spring is officially here and it’s time to get outside and assess how your yard and flowerbeds faired in this unpredictable, and late, winter. Though March is usually a time for Spring cleanup and plantings, the cold and snow that dropped along the East coast has set back much of the usual late winter landscaping and gardening. Despite the overall low average temperature in March, the varied warm days that peppered between caused many seasonal perennials – such as daffodils, hydrangea, crocus and more – to bloom.
The Garden Dept., a full-service nursery and horticultural distribution center which serves landscapers and homeowners alike from its Coram and Dix Hills locations, is usually busy throughout the month of March serving customers who are doing Spring clean-up, trimming trees, planning gardens and fertilizing yards. However, with March having kept to its lion-like ways for longer than expected, most landscapers have had to delay these projects. Home gardeners have also held off on planting the fruits, vegetables and annuals that usually go in the ground in March.
“Despite that March blasted us with cold, sleet and snow, the days of warmth that peppered between – and those that occurred throughout February – were a signal to many seasonal perennials that it’s time to start blooming,” explains Don Caroleo, Owner of The Garden Dept. “On Long Island, homeowners are finding buds on their hydrangea plants, which do not fare well in the cold and should be covered with a frost blanket or several old bedsheets on cold days or nights.” Further south, in Washington DC, landscapers have worked tirelessly to preserve the Capitol’s cherry blossoms, which were threatened by temperatures as low as 24-degrees.
While temperatures are likely to dip down into the 30s in the coming days, the forecast seems to be free of snow, which means now is the perfect time to get hardier plants in the ground. This includes carnations, snapdragons, marigolds, petunias and snapdragons, as well as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and chard, which can each survive in temperatures as low as 25 degrees. Once soil temperatures have started to warm, roses, lilies, pansies, forget-me-nots, potatoes, sweet peas and spinach can also be planted.
“Now is also a great time to start to clean up the flowerbeds and gardens, split and replant perennials, rake winter mulch and aerate and fertilize lawns,” continues Caroleo. “Installation of garden irrigation and yard sprinkler systems, which help keep everything healthy and watered during the hotter weather, are common around this time.”
Whether a seasoned green thumb or a novice gardener, there are many gardening projects that can be started now that Spring has arrived. The Garden Dept.’s Coram and Dix Hills locations are currently open Monday to Saturday, with Sunday hours available in Coram pending weather. The company also provides delivery to homes and job sites for items such as trees, shrubs, plants and decorative stone, as well as gravel, compost, top soil and mulch by the yard. For assistance with your home landscape or gardening needs, contact The Garden Dept. at 631-736-DEPT (3378) or visit online at: gardendept.com