Spring Gardening Checklist
The garden is waking up, and you're in charge! It's time to plant, prune, prepare beds, and care for your lawn.
- Check for signs of growth. Did you remember to plant snow crocus last fall? If not, cut forsythia or magnolia branches to bring inside for forcing to get a dose of early spring color.
- Prep the beds. Remove winter mulch or, if well composted, work into the top layer of the soil. Work in some leaf mold or well-rotted manure, too.
- Prune. Now is the time to trim fruit trees if you didn't prune in winter. Prune before buds begin to break into bloom or you'll stress the tree and get a tiny crop (or possibly none).
- Perform basic maintenance. Check stonework for frost heaves. Check and clean the deck now so you don't have to do it later; make any repairs.
- Start seeds indoors. You've spent the winter reading seed and plant catalogs, so try some.
- Plant veggies. Hardy vegetables, such as onions, potatoes, artichokes, and some lettuces, should be planted now.
- Divide perennials. Before plants have begun spring growth is a good time to divide many perennials. Share some divisions with your friends this year.
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