Gardening Tips

Spring is here, you can finally feel it in the air. RIS Media has some helpful tips for reviving the garden. It’s a great way to enjoy the good weather and show off that nice home of yours.

  • Pruning – For early blooming shrubs such as forsythia and viburnum, prune them as soon as blooms have passed. Early spring is also an ideal time to prune your roses.
  • Deadheading – Remove spent flowers from bulbs, but leave the rest of the plant as is for the time being.
  • Weeding – Pull weeds from your beds and borders before they have a chance to take hold and spread.
  • Composting – Tend to your compost if it has been neglected over the winter. If you do not have a compost bin, spring is a great time to start one.
  • Tools – Spring is a good time to prepare your tools for the oncoming gardening season and to make any necessary repairs or new purchases. You will be happy you have done so when summer sets in.
  • Plant – Spring is a great time to add new plants to your garden. Be sure, however, that all threat of frost has past. Plant such things as trees, shrubs, hardy annuals, and summer blooming bulbs.
  • Fertilize & Mulch – Fertilize and mulch beds and borders. Spring is also a good time to fertilize fruit trees. If you applied heavy winter mulch for protection from the cold, you will need to clear it away.
  • Staking – Stake plants that may be prone to wind damage during the unpredictable spring weather.
  • Lawn Care – Spring is the best time to start a new lawn from seed. For established lawns, you should start mowing in the spring, but don’t initially cut the grass very short for the first few times.

Submitted by exclusive buyer agent, Mary Rugani.

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