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Green thumb fever

Do these warm days have you anxious to get outside and plant something? News on 6 reporter Rick Wells went in search of some expertise to soothe his itchy green thumb.

The sounds of spring time, folks getting ready to plant. At Tulsa’s Woodward Park, they are already have some flowers blooming. If you've got something like that in mind for your yard, Brenda Hisaw the garden center manager at Home Depot in downtown Tulsa has some good stuff. "This right here is awsome stuff, it's called flower and vegetable soil, you just mix it up with your existing soil, it enriches the soil and adds all kinds of compost back into the soil it's real good stuff."

So what are you gonna plant in your newly prepared bed? If you're looking for color, it's still early for a lot of things. "A little limited yet, pansies or diantha or even snap dragons."

There is also an early bloomer if you like a climbing plant, it's called a Carolina Jasmine. Brenda says it grows to about 6 or 8 feet and has little yellow flowers early in the spring time. Geraniums are great plants for hanging baskets, but she says it's too early to leave them out on cold nights.

Now is a good time to get ground prepared for some fescue sod or seed. For established lawns there may be time left to putdown some pre-imergent to keep weeds from coming up. "That's what this is designed to do, it keeps summer annual weeds from germinating, that's all it does." She says get it down in the next week or so. That's plenty to keep our green thumbs busy.

The experts warn us to guard against getting too enthusiastic too early. The average day to the last freeze comes during early April, so there is probably at least one cold spell ahead for us.
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