GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- It may not look like it right now, but spring is here. And there are some things you can start doing to get ready for the change of seasons.
Susie Bachman from Bachmans offered these tips to KARE11 viewers.
-Remove winter mulches (straw, hay, leaves)
-Clean up fallen leaves, branches and other winter debris
-Cut down or rake away any perennials that were left in the garden last fall.
-Use a bow rake to rake up debris in flower beds.
-Use a flexible rake to rake up leaves in lawn.
-Use shrub rakes in tight spaces.
-New law to use a compostable leaf bag in the metro area.
-Most woodies should have been pruned when it was still winter dormant.
-Early April is the last chance to prune before leaves and flowers emerge or prune to maintain a meticulous shape.
-Remove winter damaged branches.
-Use a sharp pruner and cut at an angle.
-Best pruning guide is at bachmanslandscaping.com
-Spring is a great time to prevent those lawn weed seeds from germinating.
-Apply crabgrass preventer. Apply once the ground temperature reaches 50 to 55 degrees. Use a synthetic or an organic product.
Corn gluten works great, but it has to build up in the yard for about 3 years to be fully effective. Synthetic product has about a 3 week effective time, so it has a larger "fudge factor."
-If seeding grass seed at the same time must use a crabgrass preventer for new lawns or the grass seed won't germinate
Crabgrass is an annual weed grass, but it re-seeds itself to come up the next year. Prevent those seeds from germinating.
-Get your flower and garden beds ready now, so they are ready to plant when the weather warms up.
-Break up the soil with a cultivator and add amendments manure, compost, and/or peat moss.
-uild new beds now when the ground is soft and easy to work.
-Plant bulbs in grower pots indoors to transfer outdoors.
-Start some of your flower and veggies indoors to get a head start.
Use peat pots and seed starter. Some cool season flowers and veggies can be planted outdoors.
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