Welcome back to the garden! Are you raring to get out there? Good for you, but you might want to wait a bit on raking your lawn or uncovering your more tender perennials. Wait until your lawn isn't spongy so you don’t compact it, and if you do uncover your plants, keep the mulch close at hand in case it dips below freezing. (And yes, we know from all those leaf bags in the alleys that you’ve been at it already anyway.)
Don’t worry -- there’s plenty on the garden to-do list that won’t make a Master Gardener tsk-tsk at you. Here are five things to get you ready for the season.
4. Clean out the garage or basement, wherever your garden staging area is. Just like wardrobe transition season, it’s time (yay!!!) to stow the shovel, roof rake and ice chipper more gracefully than where you probably flung them after the last snowfall. Time to bring the hoe and spade back to front and center, and make sure the lawn mower’s ready to go before your grass is.
5. Spread compost. If you didn’t spread it last fall, it will have had plenty of time to cook and be ready to spread. The compost piles wake up before any spring bloom, and the warming sun already has abeen doing its job. If like me you’ve been adding to the top of the pile all winter, now you should be able to stir it up to incorporate the new material.
What’s growing in your yard? I’ve got a few bleeding hearts and lilies poking through and some chives, otherwise it’s just weeds and moss up at my house.Tell us about what's growing in your neck of the woods. Whatever’s up at your place, a little prep work will get you ready to give it a good home. And happy spring!