March Showers Bring April Flowers

Posted on March 3rd, 2017

Is spring coming early this year?

Am I jumping the gun by changing the words to an old rhyme?!  It doesn’t quite feel like I am.  We have had a mild winter and the warm weather makes me feel like spring is already here.  What does this mean?  It means, all of us gardeners and people who just like to be outdoors, don’t have to chomp at the bit anymore.  Let’s get going.  Let’s open up those garden sheds and start shaking those tools up a bit.  There is so much fun work to be done!

Where to begin…?  Which tool to start with…?  I know….

*Rake:  Get the rake out and start raking.  Clean out those garden beds and clean up that lawn.  Start with a nice, clean slate.

*Cultivator:  Use this sharp pronged tool to help you pull out some of those unwanted weeds that are sprouting up.  The sooner the better.

*Shovel:  Dig up a few soil samples from your lawn and garden and bring them in for me to test the pH level.  The proper pH level is key for a successful lawn, veggie garden, and perennial bed.

What products do I need now…?

*Preen:  After you spend all that time raking up the garden beds, apply Preen to help keep those pesky weeds at bay all season long.  Don’t do all that hard work for nothing.

*Lime:  The snow has melted and the lawn & veggie garden need some sweetening up.  It takes a while to raise the pH of your soil, so get going now.  Please.

*Fertilizer:  Get ready.  Lawns, trees, and shrubs can wait a little bit longer but as soon as those yellow Forsythia start to pop, it is time.  Usually the Forsythia start showing off in April but I have a hunch they will start to show yellow earlier than that.

I don’t want you to feel rushed.  I just want you to be prepared.  If you need a little inspiration, come to Van Wilgen’s and get yourself a little treat.  We have happy pansy faces of every color and they can handle the temperatures down to 28 degrees.  If they don’t get you in the mood for spring, I do not know what will.

Come see us at Van Wilgen’s.  We would love to help!

Thanks a bunch…Stacey

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