Days get longer and nature begins to stir… time for the gardener to get the ball rolling!
Budding spring days call attention to garden tasks after the long winter wait.
Here is a short recap of tasks to work through for each different zone of the garden.
For the lawn
Starting in March, an in-depth makeover is called for to heal blemishes left behind in the lawn by a harsh winter.
In April, you’ll be able to sow new grass on bare patches.
In the flower beds
The time has come to clean the beds and prune roses and summer-flowering shrubs.
In April, prepare seedlings for annuals that will give color to your flower beds – nasturtium, wallflower, petunia, sweet pea, marigold, etc. – and plant summer flowering bulbs, too – dahlia, gladiolus, lily, crocosmia, balisier, etc.
Planted together, they will provide for magnificent multi-colored patches. If your soil is clay, cultivate them in pots. Also plant perennials – peony, lupine, gypsophila, etc. – or divide those that may already be in place.
At the vegetable patch
Make the most of February and sow cover crops that will serve as green manure once tilled. In March, spade the earth to aerate it and add organic fertilizers.
In the orchard grove
Starting in March, prune or crop fruit trees and mulch their base.