It’s pleasant working out in the landscape and garden this time of year, which is a good thing, because there are several important tasks that really must be addressed now if you hope to have a successful gardening season.
To be candid, I get frustrated when people (even friends) ask how to cope with the shade, then ignore my warnings that they don’t have enough light for any grass to survive. I’ve lived this same story for 37 years in my own lawn, and I’m very secure in what I’m saying: You need to make plans for shade-tolerant groundcovers and shrubs if you don’t get five or six hours of direct sunlight. Thinning the trees often ruins their looks. Trust me on this one.
Be careful in introducing fresh topsoil from a soil and gravel vendor into your garden, since it may contain weeds, specifically nutsedge.
Keep iron sprays and granules off concrete and stone, since it leaves rusty stains. And an important note: It is impossible to get enough iron into the tissues of large shade trees (water oaks, pin oaks, East Texas pines, etc.) to correct iron deficiency. The process is too expensive and in most cases, you won’t see dramatic results. That’s even true with tall acid-loving hollies like Savannah, East Palatka and Foster.