Spring Has Sprung, Let’s Have Some Fun!
March, when days are getting long,
Let they growing hours be strong
To set right some wintry wrong.
– Caroline May, 1887
Work up your beds.
Build up the natural nutrition for your plants by adding organics. Natural composted additions like composted peat moss, mushroom compost and composted manure are some of the fantastic additions to incorporate into your soil.
Expanded shale is the gardener’s best friend. When added to your soils it creates air space for your plant roots helping to keep them healthy and strong.
Finally, mulch to minimize the evaporation of water this summer and these next few months to prevent unwanted weeds in your beds and around trees and shrubs. Mulch a minimum of 2 inches. There are many types and colors to choose from. The difference is just preference and some of the wood types tend to last longer than others (cypress and cedar).
Shaping your hedges.
If you haven’t already, give any leggy roses in the yard a trim. Pruning will encourage them to fill out and be better bloomers. When the azaleas in your yard have finished blooming, it is time to trim. Spring flowering shrubs should be trimmed, if needed, as soon as they finish their period of bloom.
Vegetable garden time.
Work up your vegetable garden beds with a dose of organic compost and expanded shale. Turn your soil with composted peat, humus, or manure for added fertility and the expanded shale for drainage to have the healthiest vegetable plants. Remember to rotate crop locations to help prevent diseases.
Don’t shy away from home grown vegetables if you don’t have the space for a garden plot. You can vegetable garden in containers. Follow the same rules of good soil fertility and drainage and find some containers you like.
Give your lawn a boost.
It is time to dress the yard with a medium amount of nitrogen. Many retail lawn fertilizers have a very high amount of nitrogen. This is not needed as our lawn is just starting up. When shopping for fertilizer, nitrogen % is the first number listed on the bag. Look for something no higher than around 16. The high number fertilizers, when applied this time of year are wasteful and harmful to the environment, as a lot of the nitrogen is just runoff and not used by your lawn.
Fruit trees, the birds and the bees.
Planting fruit trees is a great option for your outdoor environment. They add color with their spring blooms to your yardscape and best of all delicious fruit. There are many choices of pears, peaches, nectarines, apples and many more to choose from.
Established trees can be sprayed with horticultural oil to help rid the trees of any carried over pests and a copper fungicide as they leaf and bud to help prevent blight and fungal diseases. As with any pesticide treatment, be sure to follow the label instructions and care for our pollinator insects.
Spring is the time to plant.
Whether you are putting out some color annuals, working in the perennial bed, replacing or adding structural plants like shrubs and trees, or adding fruiting plants to your personal outdoor paradise – spring is the time to do it.