Welcoming Back the
A new growing season is underway. Spring is here. Are you ready? Here’s a to-do list to help you get the garden in order.
Start weeding early
Get those weeds sooner than later. They could be leftovers from last year or new ones, but they’ll come out easier in the soft, moist soil of Spring than in hard, dry Summer soil.
Prune your summer-blooming flowering shrubs
This is the ideal time to prune your plants that flower from late June through fall. Summer bloomers all bloom on wood that grows in the current season, so there’s no danger of cutting off flower buds that formed last year.
Fertilize your beds
Once the ground has thawed you can apply granular fertilizer. Following the instructions you can apply it around your trees, shrubs and perennials. Match the particular fertilizer to the plant type.
Tend to your perennials
Some gardeners don’t cut back their perennials in the fall—they wait until Spring. If that’s you, then now is the time to clip, and rake the perennial foliage that has browned. It’ll clear the way for this year’s new growth, which will be pushing up shortly.
Edge your beds
This is a great way to wrap up the Spring gardening after all the tidying is done. You can use a long-handled edging tool to cut clean, sharp edges along your beds. This last step is not only great exercise, it puts the finishing touch on the landscaping. It also creates a “lip” to contain mulch that can be applied once the soil warms consistently for the season.