Spring Gardening Checklist

p_tulipkauf08262003If you are anything like me – and millions of others – you can’t wait to get out into your garden and start digging, cutting, pruning, planting and doing whatever needs to be done to make it best ever. Here I am sharing my To Do checklist with you – hope it will help you and motivate you!

Spring Gardening Checklist:

  • Start annuals, tomatoes and peppers from seeds indoors
  • Start your summer flowering bulbs like dahlias, cannas, etc. indoors by potting them and setting them up under lights until after the last frost date
  • In your garden, clean up your flower beds, picking up fallen branches, twigs, dead plants and other winter debris
  • Prune deciduous trees and shrubs – but not theĀ  ones that flower of run sap in the spring
  • As soon as you can work the ground, you can plant hardy cool-weather plants like onions, cabbage, radishes, sweet peas and leeks.
  • You can also spray scale-infested trees and shrubs with dormant oil before their leaves show up.
  • Put slow-release fertilizer to flowering shrubs and vines – that includes clematis, roses and rhododendrons
  • And start pulling out weeds as soon as they appear in your garden
  • If you have hydrangea in your flower beds, cut it back all the way to the ground
  • Spread compost on beds and start adding kitchen scraps and yard waste to your compost bin to start a new batch of compost
  • Divide mature perennials and replants them into other places
  • Install a rain barrel to collect run offs from eavestroughs and to have water to use watering your plants
  • Don’t plant your tomato and pepper plants until soil temperature reaches 17C
  • To clean up spring-flowering perennials, cut them back once they finish flowering
  • It is a good idea to pinch back seed heads on plants like rhododendron and azaleas – it will leave the plants energy to grow better.
  • Fertilize daffodils, crocuses and tulips after they finish flowering – your bulbs will be stronger and will flower beautifully next spring.

Please add your comments, suggestions and tips – your input is as always very much appreciated!

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Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, step mother to Abbie Gateman and is also a brand new Grandmother. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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