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It’s spring! Now is the time to ready your garden landscape for the months to come. Here are some great tips on how to get your garden ready for spring.

  1. Prepare beds for summer annuals, perennials and vegetable gardens.
  2. Monitor new growth on plants to check for early insect activity.
  3. Fertilize perennial beds
  4. Divide perennials like hostas, iris, and daylilies if they are overcrowded.
  5. Transplant shallow-rooted shrubs if they need to be relocated.
  6. Scalp warm-season turf
  7. Aerate warm-season turf after 80% green-up
  8. Sharpen all mower blades and pruning tools
  9. Examine warm-season turf for thin areas and top dress with sand and soil mixture
  10. Prune flowering shrubs after they bloom
  11. Make sure irrigation systems are pressurized and functional
  12. Fertilize shrubs and trees with a granular slow-release fertilizer
  13. Deep root fertilize trees that are unhealthy
  14. Deep root or drench boxwoods
  15. Apply pre-emergent to turf and beds to help prevent summer weeds
  16. Hand pull any unwanted tree seedlings from beds and groundcovers
  17. Prune new growth of English ivy from trees and shrubs
  18. Make sure you can identify poison ivy
  19. Set a goal to do more hand pulling of weeds rather than spraying
  20. Try an organic program this year on your turf or plants
  21. Limit use of insecticides and choose safer remedies
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