Winter garden tips with Chris Olsen

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Chris Olsen with Botanica Gardens shares great advice on "THV 11 This Morning".

Controlling Winter Broadleaf Weeds

It it important to maintain your turf against weed infestation. However, during the winter months turfgrasses are not actively growing and are therefore susceptible to the encroachment of winter annual broadleaf weeds. Controlling winter annual broadleaf weeds before they are able to set seed will not only reduce the likelihood of an outbreak the following year, but improve the look of your turf.

There are so many different brands of products on the market. I like to use a product called Weed Zone since it controls existing weeds at any temperature. We carry this product at Botanica Gardens. Apply now and a second application may be necessary.

Don't forget to also apply a pre-emergent to prevent spring and summer weeds from germinating. Make sure to read the directions very carefully on the label. Some products can not be used on certain turf types. Apply now before it is too late. The warm weather is right around the corner.

Winter Flowers that Endure the Cold

I know that most of you are so tired of the cold winter. Most of our yards, including my own, look so dull and drab. Well winter is not over yet so be careful what flowers you plant now. It is too early to plant cold sensitive flowers such as begonias and petunias. I know, some garden centers have them already in their nurseries. Don't be fooled, we still have cold nights ahead, so choose wisely. There is hope though. There are so many different varieties of flowers that you can plant now. I just planted in my pots blooming dianthus, snap dragons, pansies, nemesia, alyssum, Lenton Roses, and even some herbs. Most of these will burn out before the spring heat but will get you through the next two months. Remember these plants are heavy feeders so fertilizer with a general food and they will bloom their little hears out.


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