This week has been so beautiful it looks like a glimpse of spring in our area of the country. However, it really is still winter and supposedly cold weather; maybe even freezing weather is in the offing. There are a few things to ponder as thoughts go in the direction of preparing our turfs and gardens.
Condition of Turf
Personally, I prefer to take a good look around at the yard first. Does the ground appear hard? Notice things such as thatch that will prevent fertilizer from doing its job of nourishing the grass-to-be. Break up the thatch thoroughly, getting rid of as much as possible. And remember to dispose of any clods and rocks. This allows the ground/grass to breathe and absorb moisture and nutrients more efficiently. Treat the grass with a good pre-emergent at this time as well.
Prune the Landscape
Now is a good time to trim bushes to promote growth and blooms in the spring. Tidy up the flower beds by riding them of any plants that are obviously dead. Go ahead and rake up all those leaves, putting them in your compost pile. As a side note, this is also the time to do bulb planting.
Protect with Mulch
A good grade of mulch is imperative. One that is slow to break down and that will nourish the ground is vital. Of course it’s always good if you have some compost available. If you do not have compost, make sure whatever nourishment you use is right for your garden. Always check the ratios of chemicals in the bag so what you intend for good won’t burn the turf; your local nursery will be able to give you accurate help with this, too.
Contemplate the possibility of having serious water restrictions in the summer months and plant accordingly. If you are taking out old shrubs or plants, remember to replace them with those requiring much less water. Also, be aware of shady areas versus partial or full sun areas when making your purchases.
Although you will be planning for native plants which are much more suitable for your particular climate, these are just a few basic suggestions to consider as you look forward to that beautiful garden and yard. The care you exhibit when preparing for spring and summer shows up when the heat makes seasonal labor such a drudge. Even if you have to spend many evenings hand watering, it will be well worth it; the results will be awesome.>
Stella Brown loves to get her hands dirty in her large vegetable garden. As a professional freelancer, she writes about green living and other eco-friendly topics. She doesn’t waste words thanks to her trusty grammar checker.