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Spring Gardening Information – Gardening Advice

Spring is on it’s way and warm weather days are tucked in between cold days.  When the sun is out and it’s warm…it’s a good time to get out and do a bit of cleaning up.  A little spring gardening information is in order.

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1.  It’s a perfect time to for a general, over all clean up.  Rake up the general debris of branches, leaves and other litter that may have blown into your yard during the winter months.  Don’t worry about turning the soil just now…  just focus on the larger picture.

2.  The task of pruning shrubs and sheering hedges can be attended to now.  This will leave way for the new green foliage to appear in a few weeks.

A bit of gardening advice here.  Don’t prune flowering shrubs now…. or they will not bloom.  Allow them to bloom this season and then trim them back after the flowers have subsided.  The flower buds are formed during the winter so cutting them back now is not wise.

3.  Now is the time to add Preen weed control to your flower beds. The fact that you may have snow, or rain during the week after your application… will give the Preen a chance to dissolve into the soil.  Putting Preen on your beds now prevent weeds from sprouting early and bearing seeds before you have a chance to get out and turn the soil.

4.  If you have been burning wood in a fire place or stove, perhaps it’s time to clean up and re-stack the wood pile.  You won’t be using much wood from now on.  (It’s also a good time to clean out your fireplace or wood burning stove if your don’t plan to use it again until next fall.)

5. After your general spring garden clean up, it’s a good time too apply your first application of lawn fertilizer.  You may want to discuss the type of fertilizer you need for your particular lawn with your nurseryman.   They generally have folks who can give you responsible gardening advice.

Take advantage of the few spring storms that will still be coming your way to help your lawn fertilizer dissolve into the soil and give your lawn roots the nutrients they need.

There you go… that will keep you busy for a few weeks.  I love getting out and getting a bit of fresh air after being cooped up in my house all winter.

Til Later,

Kathy Griffiths
Insightful Nana

P.S.  If you happen to live in an area that is blessed with mild weather all winter long…ignore the above message… and spend your time counting your blessings.

How To Prevent Weeds In Your Flower Beds

It’s not to early to prevent weeds from popping up in your flower beds in the spring and summer months.  Yes, gardening shops will say it’s too early… but according to my expert gardening friend, it’s not.

I’ve been watching my neighbor, Linda, tend her beautiful yard for several years now.  She is a master gardener for sure!  She spends a lot of time in her yard, planting, watering, clipping… but not weeding.  Weeds were a constant garden challenge for me, until she shared her “weeding” tip with me.

Preen Weed Preventer is her answer.  You can place the Preen in your flower beds, ground covers and around trees and shrubs and those little pesky weeds simply will not appear.

You can’t wait to apply the Preen after the weeds has surfaced.  It will not kill existing weeds.  For it to be affective, you must apply it before the weeds germinate and peek their little head above the soil surface.

Linda claims that folks wait too long before applying the preventer.  Once the weeds begin to appear…. they start dropping little seeds for the next go around. Her special secret is, “You need to nip them very early,” says Linda.  The nurseries say wait until April or May.  But, Linda says that’s to late to prevent weeds from coming up in your tulips and daffodils. “Get a handle on it early.”

Linda likes to apply her Preen when the snow is still on the ground.  February is not too early, she claims.  Weeds germinate about 1/4 inch below the surface of the soil…so when the soil heats up…here they come.  Sprinkle the Preen over your flower bed areas and let the melting snow settle the preventer into the soil…. no early spring weeds.  Because you’ve eliminated the early weeds, they don’t have the opportunity to drop their seeds which creates problems later in the spring and summer.

Now, I like to turn, or cultivate my soil and add mulch to my flower beds… and that can still be done after the last frost in in May.  After turning my soil over, I rebroadcast the Preen before planting my flowers.  You can reapply the weed preventer a couple of times during the summer months but I’ve found if I start early enough in the spring…it’s not necessary.

Now the disadvantage to Preen is, you can’t plant flower seeds… because they… like the weeds…they won’t germinate.  However, if you purchase your plant starts through the nursery or you’ve grown your own, you won’t have a minutes trouble.

The weather man has predicted the “white stuff” for the end of the week.  I have my Preen ready to apply.  Since it’s yellow in color… I can easily see where the granules fall on the surface of the snow.

Till Later,

Kathy
Insightful Nana

P.S.  There are other brands of Weed Preventers, but I’ve found the the brand Preen to be the most effective for preventing weeds in your flower beds.