I am assuming the weather will clear up and finally start looking like spring soon, so what better time than to bring up future events on gardens and landscaping than now?! 😀
As some of you may already know, we are associated with the Vancouver Japanese Gardener Association. Actually, we live below them… but more than that, they’re a well comprised group of professionals with some great work in their portfolio.
Any work or requirement of their skill can be inquired at http://www.vanjapangardeners.com
The Vancouver Japanese Gardener Association also has a annual plant sale at Nikkei Centre in Burnaby. Other than various and exotic plants being sold, expect some good food(Nikkei Centre has a great restaurant onsight called Hi-Genki!)and the professional advice of the members as well. They’re very friendly and knowledgeable so pick their brain! The Events date has not been confirmed but will be released at a later date(It’s usually on the third week of April though). I assure you it will be something worth looking into if you’re a landscaper, gardener or even a botanist! … Ok maybe not a botanist but if you love your garden, it’ll be fun!
LASTLY! If you live in BC, you should know by now that moss is very rampant. One of our best sellers is a great product from Evergro, Moss Control 9-3-6. So what does Moss Control do?!?! WELL!!! IT KILLS MOSS AND FERTILIZES YOUR LAWN!!! Prep work involved is dowsing the ground a little bit with water(not damp but like morning dew). The purpose of this is to allow the moss control powder to stick to the moss and work its magic. The Moss Control works very effectively but I would stir the contents of the bag first so the powder and fertilizer are properly mixed together. Allow at least 2 days of dry weather. If it rains, the Moss Control powder will be washed away before it can turn the moss black. Keep in mind the fertilizer in these bags are VERY potent.
Some food for thought!!!!
The best time to kill moss is in late winter or early spring. This can stop the moss before it heads into its spring growing season, keeping it from spreading before summer. The most effective moss killers contain ferrous sulfate or ferrous ammonium sulfate, but you can also use those containing copper sulfate or potassium salts. Moss-killing agents shouldn’t harm the soil or prevent plants you like from growing where moss once lived.
Why Kill Moss Early
Moss doesn’t die back in the winter, but it doesn’t normally release spores during colder weather. Killing it before the warm weather hits means you’re less likely to need to come back later and kill new moss that survived as spores in the dirt. Killing moss by early spring also gives you more time to establish grass or other plants to help keep moss from growing back — it doesn’t grow well when squeezed out by other vegetation.
Fix the Conditions
Moss likes it damp and shady with compact soil. Killing moss before spring warms up gives you time to get your soil ready to accept grass or plants instead of moss. Without changing the area’s conditions, moss is likely to grow again later. Check your soil’s pH; moss prefers acidic soil, and grass prefers a pH of 5.8 to 6.5. If the pH is lower than 5.8, add some dolomitic lime to raise the pH. Aerating the soil allows better drainage, and removing limbs of trees above can let in more light.
Encourage Grass Growth
After killing the moss, you still must get rid of it by raking up the dead vegetation. Tilling the soil can help loosen it so grass can take over the area, but you must choose a shade-friendly grass such as fescue (Festuca spp.) in USDA zones 2 through 8. Fertilize the newly seeded or sodded area immediately to give the grass roots an instant boost. Water the area every day for about two weeks, then water only when the soil no longer feels moist on the top layer. Letting the grass grow to 3 inches tall before mowing helps the roots grow deep enough to ensure a long-lasting lawn. When your lawn is healthy with few gaps, moss is unlikely to grow.
All information provided was from http://homeguides.sfgate.com/right-time-put-down-moss-killer-70767.html