This is a great time to make some plans so you can enjoy your garden and landscape more this year. Here are some suggestions:
- Resolve to get your lawn in better shape by applying fertilizers and weed preventers at the right time. If you have trouble remembering what to apply and when to do it, you can sign up for Smith’s DIY Subscription Lawn Service. Then, four times per year, we will deliver the right product TO YOUR HOME at just the right time. Then all you have to do is spread it and water it in. The cost is quite reasonable, and depends on the size of your yard. Contact us at www.smithsgardentown.com to sign up for this personalized service.
- If you still want to come and pick up the pre-emergent products yourself, remember that early February is a good time to make your first application of the year. Come let us help you decide which product to use.
- Get ready for a great gardening season by adding compost to your garden plot or building a raised bed in a sunny spot. Organic compost will make your garden more fertile and much easier to work. Remember, in this part of the world, you can grow different vegetables almost year round. You can start planing onions and potatoes in late January, and follow up with cabbage, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts in February and March. You may even want to start your tomatoes and peppers indoors, if you have enough light, to transplant later after the danger of frost has passed.
- Plant trees and shrubs. It’s still a fine time to get these established before the hot summer comes. If you need some help deciding what to plant, bring some photos of your yard to us, and we will suggest the best plants for you. Get this done before the spring rush, and you’ll be ahead of the crowd!
- Sharpen your pruning tools. Rose bushes should be cut back after the 15th of February, and you can also remove any dead branches and cut back perennials now. Remember, DO NOT PRUNE crape myrtles. If you have someone else taking care of your yard, tell them now that you don’t want your crape myrtles cut off.
- Here’s an exception to the above rule: We have already had two cold spells with single-digit temperatures. This may have been cold enough to damage some crape myrtles. Wait until the weather is good and hot (late June), and if they don’t seem to be leafing out, cut them off at the ground and they will come back from the roots. They will regrow very fast, since their root systems will still be vigorous.
With the warm, sunny days that crop up during our winter season, you should be able to find a good time to do some outdoor chores that will give you a head start on spring.