Are you looking forward to Spring? We sure are… Not long before flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing, and the cold is a thing of the past. Time to get out in the garden and enjoy the Spring air.
Clean up- Winter time can do a number on the garden. Start off by taking a stroll through the yard and take note of damage caused by the cold or snow. With a sharp pair of pruners, go through and clean up any dead or broken branches from trees or shrubs. Uncover perennials and clean up last year’s dead foliage and any debris that has blown in over the winter.
Water- It still may be too early to fire up the sprinkler system but your plants and trees probably need some water. Get out the hose and give everything a good thorough soaking.
Pruning- Early spring before buds begin to open is a great time to prune many trees and shrubs. It is nice when they don’t have leaves on them, you can see what you are doing a lot better. One thing not to prune yet, is any type of Maple. Maples are best pruned when they are in full leaf to prevent excess leaking of sap. Deciduous shrubs and evergreens can also be pruned to shape at this time.
Fertilizing- After everything has leafed out, in later spring, it is time to get them some food. Trees and shrubs should be fertilized with a Tree and Shrub food twice per year. Usually, May and July. Perennials do well with a water soluble fertilizer such as Blooming and Rooting by Fertilome. This can be applied weekly throughout the growing season to give you spectacular blooms!
Cutting back – Ornamental grasses should be cut back in mid spring. As soon as you see growth from the bottom, start cutting them back. They should be cut back within three to five inches of the ground. Butterfly Bush, Russian sage, and Blue Mist Spirea, in our climate will typically die to, or close to the ground every winter. When growth from the base is seen, cut them back just above that point. It is also important to clear and keep any mulch away from the base of the plants.
Lawn fertilization- Early spring (March-April), is the time to apply a fertilizer with a pre-emergent to prevent weeds in the on coming season. We sell a great product by Fertilome called All seasons lawn food plus crab grass preventer. It does a great job greening up your lawn and putting a stop to those pesky weeds before they start. In the late spring (May-June), if you have had a weed problem in the past, you may wish to apply a second application of All Seasons. Or,to green your lawn up and be the envy of the neighborhood, add Fertilome lawn food plus iron.
Get in the Spirt of Spring- Nothing better than a bed full of early blooming annuals to put you in the mood. From March to June there are many different annuals to chose from. Come on in and get your Pansies, Snapdragons, or Primrose. Or for later spring, some Petunias, Marigolds, or Geraniums. Talk to any of our sales reps and we’ll help you get the right color for the time of year. Spring Bulbs are another attraction and an easy and inexpensive way to throw a lot of color in your yard. Plant Cannas, Gladiolus, and Dahlia’s to continue the blooms through the summer.
Weed patrol- As the weather warms up, the first things to emerge are the weeds, of course. Begin the season with a pre-emergent in planting beds and continue pulling any you see by hand. As it gets to be above 70 degrees you can start using herbicides if you wish. Most chemicals are not active at temperatures lower than that.