Spring Gardening Checklist

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    The garden is waking up, and you’re in charge! It’s time to plant, prune, prepare beds, and care for your lawn.

     

    Early Spring

    1.  Prep the beds
    – Remove winter mulch.  If well composted, work into top lay of the soil.  Work in some leaf mold or well – rotted manure too.

    2.  Prune
    – Trim fruit trees if you didn’t prune them in the winter.  Prune before beds begin to break into blooms, otherwise you’ll stress the tree and get little to no crop.

    3.  Perform Basic Maintenance
    – Check stonework for frost heaves. Check and clean the deck now so you don’t have to do it later; make any repairs.

    4.  Start Seeds Indoors
    – You’ve spend the winter reading seed and plant catalogs, so try some!  Check this one out from Better Homes and Gardens ->http://www.bhg.com/gardening/yard/garden-care/seed-starting-essentials/

    5.  Plant veggies.
    – Hardy veggies, such as onions, potatoes, artichokes, and some lettuces, should be planted now.

    Mid – Spring

    1.  Build new flower beds
    -This year, install complementary shrubs offering blooms throughout the season.

    2. Stop feeding the birds
    –  Take down and clean feeders, put them away until fall.

    3.  Enjoy the Spring Show
    – Resolve to plant more spring-flowering bulbs next fall.

    4.  Plant Hardy Annuals
    – Sow seeds outdoors or transplant seedlings.

    5.  Apply mulch
    – If you mulch now, you’ll have next-to-no weeding come summer.

    Late Spring

    1.  Deadhead bulbs
    –  Remove spent blossoms from spring-flowering bulbs; let foliage die back without removing it.

    2.  Go Shopping
    -Pick out flats of your favorite bedding plants; remember to pick ones not yet in bloom for stronger plants.

    3.  Prune spring-flowering shrubs.
    – Trim away spent blooms, and thin too-thick branches to rejuvenate older plants.

     

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