One of the best ways to get in the "spring spirit" is to get the yard looking great. After a long winter, the lawn and
gardens may be looking a big ragged and weary. Use this checklist to help your landscaping look beautiful again!
1. Apply pre-emergent weed prevention, such as Preen, to planting beds. Rule of thumb for Preen is to apply on the
holiday schedule. This includes Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day.
2. Top dress with new mulch, a new 2" layer will help to keep the weeds down, and help beds to look fresh and new.
3. Cut back perennials and grasses, divide those that need it, set up plant supports on varieties that tend to flop (peony,
4. Make note of places you could use early spring color and plan to plant bulbs in the fall.
5. Fertilize trees, shrubs, fruits and perennials with a slow release formula to provide plants with nutrients for spring
6. Prune broken and diseased branches on all trees and shrubs.
7. Rake, thatch, and aerate the lawn. Reseed areas that were damaged during the winter.
9. Untangle your hoses and get them hooked up so they are ready to go when you need them.
10. Clean and repair statuary, birdbaths and feeders, and garden art, then place in the garden and enjoy!
12. Clean and reseal stonework. Check for frost heaving and repair if necessary.
13. Slowly acclimate annuals to get them used to direct sun and cooler temps.
14. Plant hardy veggies such as onions, potatoes, asparagus, artichokes, radishes and some lettuces.
15. Soak garden tools and pots in bleach water to disinfect.
As the season warms and the threat of frost passes, enjoy planting all the wonderful selections you've made from
catalogs and your spring shopping. Sit back, relax and enjoy your yard!