It’s that time of year again—winter is officially over and spring weather (double digits!) is finally here.
Beautiful lawns and gardens are major factors in the curb appeal of a home. Kept groomed and manicured year after year, it will only add value to the home once it's ready to enter the market. Early spring is the perfect time to prime your green spaces to be healthy and ready to nurture your grasses, scrubs, flowers and edibles.
Print this handy checklist so you can cross out the important things you need to do to prep your garden for the growing season ahead.
Early-spring Garden and Lawn Checklist
Remove stones and debris that have found their way onto the lawn from the driveway. Clear away fallen tree branches.
Make note of areas that could use a little patching and repair. Look for damage from snow mold, which is a lawn disease caused by cool, wet conditions, appearing as a fluffy white, pink or gray residue on the lawn. It will need to be raked out.
Rake the lawn to remove dead grass and thatch.
As days get longer, start feeding indoor plants with a fertilizer solution at 1/2 the recommended strength.
Start seeds for annuals, tomatoes and peppers indoors.
Give summer-flowering bulbs, such as cannas and dahlias, a head start by potting indoors under lights until after the last frost date.
Clean up fallen twigs, branches and other winter debris.
As soon as the ground is workable, plant cool-weather crops such as sweet peas, onions, cabbage, radishes and leeks.
Prune deciduous trees and shrubs (except those that flower or flow with sap in spring).
Spray scale-infested trees and shrubs with dormant oil before their leaves appear.
Cut the stems of ‘Annabelle’ hydrangea back to the ground. Apply slow-release fertilizer to flowering shrubs and vines, including roses, rhododendrons and clematis.
Pull out annual and perennial weeds when they appear in the garden.
What to Plant Now
Bulb: Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis)
Perennial: Hellebore (Helleborus x hybridus)
Shrub: Forsythia (Forsythia x intermedia)
Tree: Saucer magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana)
Tip: To prevent soil compaction, wait until the soggy ground of early spring has dried out before walking on lawns and flowerbeds.
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