Itching to get outside? Do it! The weather is about to warm and there is plenty to do in the garden as you’re feeling stir crazy. Here are tips for what you can be doing in the garden now from PG Plant Experts.
Ask An Expert: What Can I Be Doing in My Garden now to prepare for spring?
Learn below with PG Plant Expert Mary Ann!
Enjoy Cool-season Annuals
Pansies, violas primrose, stock, snapdragons, and more cool-season annuals can all tolerate light frosts. Enjoy them outdoors in containers or planted in the garden.
Plant Cool-Season Annual Vegetables
Radishes, lettuces, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages, peas, kale, potatoes, onions, carrots, radishes.
Plant Perennial Fruits & Vegetables
Raspberries, strawberries, gooseberries, blueberries, asparagus & rhubarb can all be planted now as long as the ground is not too wet.
As soon as you see forsythia blooming, which is an good indicator of when grass will start growing, you can apply pre-emergent weed killers and crabgrass preventer.
It’s also a great time to lay down weed barrier & mulch before weeds they even start popping up!
Apply Grass Seed
As long as the ground is workable and not too wet, you can apply spring grass seed.
Prevent Fruit Tree Pests
Spray fruit trees with dormant oil when temps are above 50 degrees to prevent pests.
You can cut back perennial grasses, but wait to prune spring blooming trees and shrubs until after they flower. Remove broken or damaged wood off plants anytime.
Feed The Birds
Winter and early spring is one of the best times to feed the birds, because that’s when they need it most due to food resources being lower than in spring and summer.
Clean Up & Plan
It’s clean up time! Remove winter mulch, dead leaves and more to get ready for the spring season. Start planning out your garden and make any changes that you can now, like digging up, moving or removing any plants to make room for what’s next.