Things to do:
Clean, clean, clean! It is important to make sure all tools, pots, pathways and borders are disinfected! Winter is a time for an increase in bacteria and pests. A great recipe for cleaning these is to mix 1 oz of bleach to 1 gallon of water.
When it comes to lawns now is a great time to apply Lime. Lime takes several months to adequately disperse into the soil. Lime is an amendment that will help balance the pH of the soil. This will help to “sweeten” the soil, making it more difficult for weeds to get established. When doing this be careful not to place the lime too close to trees and shrubs as this can “burn” them.
An additional tip is adding Ironite to help treat yellowing spots in lawn.
Now is the time to order your bulbs and empty all those seed catalogues. Make sure to always check that your seeds are the right seeds for where you are placing them! You can do this by checking the zone, lighting and water recommendations. It is always a good idea to plan before you plant! Draw out what ideas you have, keeping in mind the heights, widths, colors and similar watering requirements to help ensure a beautiful landscape display!
Now is a great time to prune dead or rotting branches on trees. Again, making sure your tools are sharpened and disinfected! When working with trees prune up the tree and prune back to the trunk. Shaping canopies should wait until early March.
With the weather getting colder make sure to cover blooming shrubs when it gets below freezing. Prune back any dead or rotting branches remembering that pruning stimulates growth in warmer temperatures and severe cold is still possible during the up coming months. Prune sparingly!
Garden bed recipe
- 40 lbs of bagged topsoil
- 10 lbs of compost (homemade or commercial)
- 5 lbs bone meal
- 1 lb Epsom salt