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Gardener’s almanac (March 29, 2014)

  • Published Friday, March 28, 2014, at 12 a.m.

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Overseeding, mowing and crabgrass prevention – If you don’t have a thick lawn and have problems with crabgrass, apply a preventer now. Water it in. Try to find one without fertilizer in it, as now is not the time to fertilize. If you use a long-term preventer, be aware that it can inhibit overseeding in the fall. If you use a short-term preventer, you’ll want to make a second application in early June.

If overseeding, do so before mid-April and use a crabgrass preventer containing siduron.

When mowing for the first time this year, keep in mind that mowing too short gives crabgrass light for germination. Ward Upham of K-State says that on tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass, you can mow as low as 1 to 1½ inches the first time to speed green-up of the grass, but be careful not to scalp the turf. Normal mowing height for Kentucky bluegrass is 2 to 3 inches and for tall fescue is 3 to 3½ inches.

Plant – Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, potatoes, radishes, onions and onion sets, peas, spinach, strawberries, rhubarb, turnips, beets.

Garden events

“Planting Perennials for Year-Round Color” talk – Master gardener Lynn Behnke will be at Botanica on Wednesday to give a talk on how to select perennials for year-round color. Her lunchtime lecture, at 12:15, is included in Botanica admission.

Tulips, Fairies & Friends – Botanica continues its spring-welcoming events on Saturdays through April 19. Each Saturday features performers, activities and crafts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including a new butterfly mascot for the Downing Children’s Garden, life-size fairies in the garden, find your fairy name, a gnome scavenger hunt, fairy houses and Papa Murphy’s pizza for sale.

There also are special events on each of the Saturdays. On March 29, Poppy the Clown balloon artist will be at Botanica from noon to 2 p.m., and kids can make their own fairy wings and wand. On April 5, Tanganyika Wildlife Park will have an interactive wildlife booth, and kids can make their own fairy garden to take home.

Admission is included in membership or regular admission: $7 general, $5 for ages 3 to 12, free for ages 2 and under, $6 for seniors and military.

Concert at Dyck Arboretum – The Erin Bode Group will perform at 4 p.m. April 6 at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston. Food will be for sale during intermission. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children, available by calling 620-327-8127.

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