Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
In the meantime, here is a list of things that you can do to prepare for spring:
- Attend pruning classes for roses, fruit trees, trees and shrubs at the Ogden Botanical Gardens, or USU Botanical Center in Kaysville. Dates, times, locations are available at http://ogdenbotanicalgardens.org/htm/calendar/displayBy=next10/
- Start seeds indoors in a sunny, warm location for a jumpstart on the season.
- Sharpen pruning equipment and get ready to prune.
- Sharpen shovels and other equipment to prepare for spring gardening.
- Plant peas in the garden as soon as the snow is off the ground.
- Fertilize fruit trees with nitrogen.
- Purchase seeds from your favorite nursery or garden center early—before your favorites are all sold out.
- Work organic material into annual beds as soon as they are dry enough to be worked.
- Plant hardy vegetables (peas, onions, radishes, spinach, broccoli, turnips, rhubarb)
|Clean up the yard when the weather is nice.|
- Plant bare-root plants (strawberries, raspberries, fruit trees, roses)
- Purchase an herbicide to prevent crabgrass and spurge to apply the first of April.
- Consider applying a lawn pre-emergent earlier to areas next to sidewalks and driveways where it warms and breaks dormancy sooner.
- Prune fruit trees, raspberries, grapes and ornamentals that need it.
|Apple and peach tree buds showing a little color. Look for color in the buds when you apply dormant oil.|
- Apply dormant oil to all fruit trees as soon as the buds swell and the first tip of color appears. Include an insecticide with the oil, if desired.
- Prune roses after the buds break and there is 1 to 2 inches of growth.
- Clean up perennials by removing last years’ dead material, and transplant or divide those that are overgrown.
- Plant pansies and primrose for color in the garden, if you didn’t plant them last fall.