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Q.You recommend mixing Bio-tone to the soil when planting. Why is that necessary?

A.Bio-tone Plus is something very special that will help your plant from day one until the end of its life. Bio-tone Plus contains strains of Mycorrhizal fungi, soil-dwelling fungi that have been helping green plants for probably 400 million years. They establish a symbiotic relationship which allows the fungi to be fed from their green host’s sap supply, in return for attaching themselves to the host plant’s roots and extending their own huge network of feeder roots, called hyphae. This adds about 70 times more feeder roots capability working to find and bring in water and nutrients than what the host could achieve by itself. Added to the backfill soil, the fungi make contact with the plant’s feeder roots, attach, and begin helping their host to quickly establish itself and grow faster, stronger and better for life.

Q.I have heard that March is the month to apply pre-emergent weed killers. Does this mean these products won’t work if applied these products after March?

A.The lawn weed preventers must be in place in the surface layer of the lawn’s soil before the seedlings germinate and break through to the sun. Normally, if you apply the crabgrass and weed preventers, which include the chemical preemergent products and the organic in March, the ground is still cold enough that this will not yet happen. These products DO NOT HAVE ANY EFFECT on any crabgrass or weed seedlings that have broken through (emerged). This is why it may not be as effective in getting the majority of the weeds if it applied in April or later when the soil is warm enough and many weeds have already emerged.

Q.Should I apply fertilizer to my flowering shrubs that will bloom this spring now or should I wait until they finish blooming?

A.Wait until all the blooms have finished blooming. This is when new growth starts and the plants will be actively taking up food to build green leaves and new branches.

Q.My hollies are showing brown leaves on some branches now. Should I be concerned?

A.The damage we see now to the leave of hollies and other broadleaf evergreen shrubs, and trees may be from more than one cause. If the brown leaves are limited to specific branches and the die-back pattern shows that the browning restricted to the tips and edges of the leaves, it most likely is weather, not pest-related. The strange weather patterns we have experience the last three winters, shows that we have a warming effect which is not a normal pattern for our region. This past winter we have had warming episodes between some very cold temperatures. This inconsistency of temperature norms causes water issues for plants that cannot predict the need for it foliage. The brown leaf tips and edges indicate that insufficient water is reaching the farthest reaches of the plant’s water distribution system. This damage will pass as we go into spring and those damaged leaves will be replaced before summer.

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