Springtime is the land awakening.
The March winds are the morning yawn.
- Lewis Grizzard
PROTECT YOUR SOIL STRUCTURE
As spring is nearing, we are eager to get out into our gardens and start working the soil. But while soil is wet from winter rains, walking on it causes soil to compact, which reduces the soil’s ability to hold air and water that plants and soil organisms depend on to thrive. When soil crumbles, it is dry enough to start working. Learn more on evaluating your soil and how to keep your soil healthy.
BULBS DONE BLOOMING?
Wait to cut back or dig up bulbs till leaves turn brown. Bulbs gather and store energy for next year’s bloom using this year’s leaves. Brush up on the basics of bulb care here.
FINISH UP SPRING PRUNING
If you’re not sure when to prune, check out our handy guide to determine when each tree or shrub should be cut to maximize growth or beauty. For flowering shrubs that bloom on new wood (such as most roses), now is the time to do any last-minute pruning. Do not prune shrubs that flower on old wood this time of year, as this will diminish the amount of flowers. These should instead be pruned shortly after the plant has finished blooming. For species-specific pruning tips, click here.
GARDENING MYTH BUSTED!
Myth: Baking soda helps control powdery mildew. Fact: By using baking soda, you're adding sodium bicarbonate, a salt, to your plants and soil. Foliage and roots can be injured by exposure to high concentrations of almost any type of salt, including those in certain fertilizers, low-quality irrigation water, and ocean spray. Click here to learn about better solutions for managing powdery mildew.