This month we can spend hours gazing out the window for signs of spring, daydreaming about all that lush, delicious goodness that we will coax from the dirt. But there’s plenty of work to do outdoors even before the weather warms up.
For the lawn:
- Fertilize. Plants need nutrients now during their growth spurt.
- Aerate. Dethatch if old roots and stems at crown level exceed one-half inch.
- Rake and overseed bare spots with seed mix such as perennial ryes and turf-type fescues.
- Dig out or spot treat weeds.
- Install new lawns
In the garden:
- Dig garden beds deeply. Add fertilizer and compost.
- Prune and feed roses.
- Divide perennials that bloom after mid-June.
- Transplant brassica-family seedlings outdoors.
- Start tomatoes, peppers and eggplants under lights.
- Sow beets, chard, lettuce, onions, peas, potatoes, radishes, spinach and turnips outdoors.
- Share extra plants with neighbors or a school.