Getting Your Yard Ready for the Growing Season
As the plants outside are dormant and snow could still be on the ground, our need for spring can consume us. There are many things that can be done such as planning, and purchasing products needed for the upcoming growing season. Late winter is the time to review your garden journal or start one. It will keep record of what worked and what didn't, what the major issues were and what your ideas are for the next season. Keeping a journal related to your yard is important as it will help you be organized as you get your yard ready for the growing season.
Consider accomplishing the following in late winter:
- Order seeds, plants and supplies from gardening catalogs like Gardeners Supply and Jung.
- Clean and sanitize all of your pots and containers to get them ready for spring. Check tools and equipment to see if they need repair, cleaning or replacement.
- Prune woody ornamentals and fruit trees to allow for proper air circulation. Consider applying Bonide All Seasons Oil as a dormant spray to prevent insect issues.
- Think about which houseplants will be brought outside in the spring. Many times they may require repotting and hardened off. Make sure they are insect and disease free.
As the weather warms:
- All areas of the yard should be cleaned of debris including sticks, leaves and unwanted plant material. By removing debris you decrease the potential for disease and insect issues.
- Spring is a great time to get your compost pile started. By using the debris from your yard you can add organic matter to your compost. You can add Bonide's Compost Maker to speed up the decomposition process.
- It may be time to test your soil and its pH. If the soil's pH is not within an acceptable range for the plants you are growing, the plants will not be able to access the nutrients in the soil, no matter how much you fertilize them.
- Scout for spring fungal issues like grey and pink snow mold; use Bonide's Infuse
- Establish or renovate turf by seed.
- Use pre or post emergent herbicides for weed control.
Woody Ornamentals & Fruit Trees
- Check trees for insect and disease issues like borers or blight.
- Use Bonide's Annual Tree & Shrub Insect Control to prevent insects.
- Use Infuse as a preventative on ornamentals.
- Fertilize with Bonide's Root & Grow
Vegetables, Herbs, Perennials & Annuals
- Start seeds indoors.
- Divide existing perennials; use Bonide's Root & Grow to help them establish.
- Amend the soil and apply mulch
Use Bonide's Maize to prevent weed seeds from germinating in your yard.
Always read and follow product label directions. Product recommendations made herein were accurate at the time of publication, however, labels can and do change over time.