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Article: Spring Chores in the Garden

Created on: Monday, June 09, 2003

  • Prune vines, roses, ornamental grasses (don't prune early spring flowers until after they bloom).
  • Prune dormant trees and shrubs.
  • Transplant dormant trees and shrubs.
  • Divide perennials.
  • Plant asparagus, small fruits.
  • Sow flower seeds (& veggies) indoors.
  • Set cabbage family plants in cold frame.
  • Sow carrots, beets, radish, and peas in garden.
  • Fertilize all trees, shrubs, ground covers, perennials, fruit and berries - wait on bulbs until after they bloom.
  • Remove winter mulches and wraps.
  • Begin lawn care - pre-emergent fertilizer, top dress, seed bare spots, lime. Or start a new lawn from seed or sod - check pH.
  • Begin to weed and edge beds.
  • Start a wildflower garden.
  • Learn how to read a bag of fertilizer.
  • Check soil temperature; root growth starts at 45 degrees, top growth at 55 degrees.
  • Plant summer-blooming bulbs.
  • Plant strawberries.
  • Divide crowded spring bulbs after flowering, and deadhead and fertilize.
  • Place gro-thrus and supports around perennials, peonies, trellises for peas, etc.
  • Look for new varieties of annuals and veggies

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