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spring plant tips page


1. Plant and transplant trees, shrubs, including roses.


2. Plant summer flowering bulbs such as canna, dahlias and gladiolous after danger of frost has passed.


3. Spring is a good time to plant and transplant perennials.


4. Cold-weather annuals such as alyssum, snapdragons and pansies can be planted out early.


5. Take care to continue feeding of tulips, daffodils, and crocus. Feeding foliage will help flowering next year.


6. Plant out warm and cool season vegetables and herbs when soil temps reach 60 degrees.


7. Feed emerging perennials with fertilizer and top dress with organic material.


8. Complete pruning of roses if not done in early spring.


9. Fertilize acid loving evergreens before and after blooming.


10. Choose flowering shrubs at the nursery while in bloom for best color selection and bloom combination.


11. Transplant out summer bulb that were started earlier in greenhouse.


12. Transplant warm-season vegetable seedlings to garden.


13. Prune needle evergreens that are putting out new growth.


14. Remember to prune flowering shrubs such as Rhododendron and Azalea after flowers fade, but before new buds set.


15. Begin feeding roses with organic fertilizer monthly.


16. Fertilize newly planted annuals and perennials with a liqued fertilizer, or organic fertilizer.


17. Complete major lawn work. Continue to maintain proper watering schedule on newly seeded areas.


18. Fertilize lawns with a general purpose lawn food.


19. Take care to deadhead spring flowering bulbs such as tulips, daffodils and iris. Leave foliage to mature and turn yellow before removing.


20. Make preparations to begin summer-style rose care such as deadheading, spraying and watering.


21. Spring is a great time to visit arboretums, garden centers and garden tours to get inspiration and ideas for plant selection and garden design.


22. Make sure to finish spring cleanup and remove debris.


23. Make this the spring that you begin a compost pile. This is a good source of organic material.


24. Mulch, mulch, mulch those spring planted trees, shrubs and roses with wood chips, shredded bark, salt hay, gravel or pine straw.


25. Lime and fertilize lawn and apply pre-emergent control to prevent crabgrass.


26. Plant peppers, tomatoes, and other warm-weather crops after all danger of frost has passed.


27. Now is the time to plan to install a water garden feature this summer. Top-dress beds with aged manure. Top-dress beds with aged manure.


28. You can attract colorful songbirds by continuing your fall and winter bird feeding schedule.


29. Plan on planting out several perennial plants designed to attract butterflies.


30. Add the element of fragrance to your home landscape through select roses, perennials and shrubs.

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