Lawn and Garden Buffs Rejoice: Spring is Almost Here
February 24, 2010
Flipping through seed catalogs and dreaming about what to plant and where, is perfectly normal behavior. Don't worry; your dreaming is going to pay off soon: spring is almost here. You can finally get your hands dirty and start that outdoor home-improvement project.
While many Southerners can already begin planting vegetable gardens, those in the North still have a while before the ground is soft enough for planting--to say nothing of frosts to avoid. Even so, there's still plenty of garden preparation to be done, no matter where you call home.
Home Improvement: Always Something to Do
What you can do now:
- Cut back ornamental grasses. You've kept them tall all winter, but now's the time to shear them to spur new growth. Clean up other perennials, too
- Weed and mulch to limit new weeds. Get on top of this task before it becomes a chore
- Rake your lawn to clear it of leaves, twigs and dead growth; reseed any thin or bare patches
- Remove burlap tree guards from young trees and shrubs
What you can do at the end of March:
- Aerate and fertilize your lawn
- Edge your lawn so that fast growing grass doesn't invade flower beds
- Have your lawn mower serviced and its blades sharpened
- Begin vegetable garden seeds inside for transplanting into your garden
- Prune roses
Now get outside and start enjoying your beautiful lawn and garden!