It’s officially spring! Now’s the time to start spring clean-up, and prepare your yard and garden for the new season.
- Seed new lawns as weather and soil conditions permit. The cool evenings and warm days of spring along with showers make it a great time to seed new grass.
TREES & SHRUBS
- Clean, sharpen & oil pruning tools.
- Remove unwanted suckers from trees & finish pruning fruit trees.
- Remove winter protection from rose bushes toward the end of the month.
- Fertilize trees and shrubs with Espoma’s Hollytone.
- Apply horticultural oil (dormant oil spray) to control over wintering insects on trees, shrubs, and vines before the buds swell.
- Prune late summer flowering shrubs like hibiscus or Rose of Sharon, and any plants damaged by wind, snow or ice.
- Cut back perennials and ornamental grasses.
- Clean up perennial & shrub beds; apply Preen as directed to prevent new weeds.
- Rake debris from the lawn when the soil is fairly dry.
- Before planting, have your soil tested at a lab recommended by your Extension office to learn which nutrients are present and which ones need to be added.
- Keep in mind that digging in wet soil causes compaction, which removes the air pockets where plants get oxygen.
- Before digging, call your utility companies to locate buried wires, cables, or pipes.
- Remove tops and dead leaves from asparagus and rhubarb; side dress with a nitrogen fertilizer such as Espoma’s Dried Blood
- Plant peas, onions, asparagus & lettuce in the garden as the weather permits
- Plan your perennial gardens. Make sure you plan the right plant in the right location – consider sunlight, moisture, and mature plant size.
- Start spring bulbs indoors such as dahlias, cannas and begonias.
- Continue indoor seeding of vegetables and flowers.
- Increase watering and fertilizing of houseplants as day length increases
- Helleborus are awaiting the melting snow and are probably already in bloom!
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