Yes, here comes March, a changeling month if ever there was one. Either it comes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb, or it comes in like a lamb and leaves like a lion.
Or worse! It simply rains for days and in the last week, snows.
Despite the unpredictability of the weather to come, there are some simple ways to prepare your lawn and garden for Spring.
Lawn & Garden Cleanup
- Rake up leaves, twigs and other debris from the lawn that have gathered over the winter.
- Clear out debris in and around shrubs and trees.
- Clean up flower beds and borders. (This will allow for a clean slate for the mulch you will be putting around your beds in early spring.)
Ordering Seeds and Bulbs
If you haven’t already done so, order seeds from either the seed catalog in the mailbox or the local garden center.
Seeds for your vegetable garden can begin germinating in your greenhouse or your indoor raised beds. This is also the time for ordering summer flowering bulbs.
Fix Broken Gates, Fencing, and Trellis
This is good time to assess what can be fixed or what needs to be replaced. Check around your yard for any fence breakage leaving holes in fencing or gates that didn’t fare well through the winter.
Assess Your Trees and Shrubs
This is also a good time to see how your shrubs and trees held up over the winter. If there are broken limbs or cracks in the tree itself, calling a Certified Tree Expert will allow you to enjoy your lawn without trepidation.
This is also a good time to move a poorly placed deciduous shrub, like the Rose of Sharon or Butterfly bush, as those are now dormant. Choose a windless day to prevent the roots drying out and try to take as much of the root ball as possible for the quickest establishment in its new location. When re-planting shrubs in their new position, plant them at the same level they were previously. Remember to water them in well afterwards.
Prep Your Tools
Get the lawn mower blades sharpened, and make sure the mower starts. All too often we wait to start the mower until the grass is 8 inches tall seemingly overnight after a week of rain. That is not the ideal time to find out you need a tune up. The same care goes into the hedge trimmer and the weed whacker. Then there are the common gardening tools, trowels, hoes, shovel, rakes, clippers, some of which will need oiling and sharpening – and if you are like the rest of us, you left at least one of the smaller tools out under the snow all winter to rust.