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.
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.
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.