Ahh, Spring. We can feel it coming though it is still a few weeks away. But, we are eager to be back in the garden! So, in anticipation of the season, here are a few things you can do to prep your yard for a great start to growing in 2020:
- Prep your tools! It is much much much easier to get all our gardening chores done with sharp and clean tools. Sharp blades and spades give cleaner cuts that will allow for faster healing around any needed trims. And, you definitely will want to disinfect anything that might have residue of disease or fungus from last year – cleaning your tools will prevent spreading the disease again this season.
- Clean up the leftovers. We all do our best to get the leaves and spent perennials up and off the lawn and garden beds before the snow fell, but sometimes the snow catches us and those items stay frozen under the snow all winter. While the ground is frozen, it isn’t a big deal, but once the thaws have started (which, they have), it is important to get that debris off the ground. Reasons for this are all those decomposing leaves create spots where fungus and mold can thrive. It’s easier to clean them up now than to spend the months ahead combatting the effects.
- Trim your trees, shrubs and roses before they start to bud. While you should NOT trim any flowering trees this time of year (it can impact the blooms) anything else should get pruned in advance of the coming buds. Trim out any injured areas and go ahead with any shaping that is required – either for aesthetic or structural reasons. As for trimming your roses, now is a great time but be sure to watch this video by our resident rose expert, Cassandra.
- Seeds, glorious seeds! Part of the fun we have this time of year is starting our seeds for the season. Vegetables, flowers, herbs….a plethora of options and such a fun project while we wait for the last of the winter doldrums to fade away. Read our blog on seeding advice, and come pick up those fabulous little seed packets today. We are fully stocked and ready to help you get that garden growing.
- Systemics are key. As the ground thaws, those roots will start reaching out to absorb nutrients in the soil to send up to the branches. As such, it is an incredible time to put down any systemic products (things you pour into the soil) so those roots can grab onto the product and shoot it up the plant. 3 of our favorites to use this time of year:
- Monterey Once a Year Insect Control; can be applied as long as the ground is not frozen, or overly saturated, at the time of application. This product controls a wide range of insects including several types of borers. It offers control over an entire season.
- Monterey Garden Phos; can be applied as a soil drench, foliar spray or basal bark drench. Covers a large number of diseases including Fireblight, Verticillium Wilt and Root Rots. Can be applied several times a year.
- Bioadvanced All-in-One Rose & Flower Care; contains fertilizer, systemic insecticide and systemic fungicide. Apply in March at the first sign of bud growth and every 6 weeks after for 3-4 applications a year. This product can be used on flowers and shrubs as well as roses.