Ready to move forward with your gardening for 2015? There’s still a lot of planning to do, both indoors and out.
Remove All That Snow
First, if you haven’t already been getting this done throughout the winter, go outside and rid your trees and plants of heavy snow and ice. Limbs that are bending under this kind of weight are more likely to break, damaging the plant and ruining your landscape. Use a broom or brush with a long handle to knock away the white stuff.
While you’re at it, take a look at the condition of your roof, too. Is it weighed down with snow, or full of icicles? Use a shovel to break off hanging ice and push as much of the snow off as you can. If it’s a couple of feet or more, you may need to get up on the roof to clean it off. Use safety precautions for this dangerous job, such as sturdy ladders or scaffolding. Powdery snow may be cleaned off using a hand-held leaf blower.
Other outdoor to-do’s for your yard include:
- Pruning trees and shrubs that do not bloom in early spring. This includes fruit trees, birches, maples and dogwoods. Leave the spring bloomers until they’re finished flowering.
- Preparing cleaned vegetable and herb beds by spreading organic fertilizer. If you see evidence of over-wintering disease, use a fungicide, too.
- If it warms up a little, to say 45 degrees, plant artichokes, asparagus, rhubarb and strawberries.
Take it Indoors
- Now’s the time to inspect the flower bulbs and roots stored indoors in winter for damage or rot. Remove any shriveled sections or areas full of moisture.
- If you have any leftover seed, test to see if you can use it this year. Cover 10 seeds with a little soil or place them between moist sheets of paper towel. If most of the seeds germinate, you can plant them for this year’s harvest. If not, buy fresh seed.
Our expert staff is always on hand to help you with gardening projects. From landscaping and pruning equipment to hedge and weed trimmers, if you have any questions about what to choose, pricing or how-tos, don’t hesitate to contact us. Stop by our store — we’re open seven days a week. Read Part 1 of our Spring Garden To-Do List here.