* Plan your summer vegetable and herb garden. We offer a wide selection of seeds that include all of your favorite annuals, perennials, vegetables and other novelties as well as many hard-to-find selections. Inventory your pots and flats and discard unusable ones. Make a list of the supplies you will need. Have your garden soil tested for nutrient content. We offer a variety of do-it-yourself soil test kits.
* Prune woody plants while dormant, including fruit trees, summer- and fall-blooming shrubs and vines. Limit pruning of spring-blooming trees and shrubs to the removal of sucker growth and rubbing or broken branches. Spray trees and shrubs with year-round horticultural oil to reduce insect population.
* Sharpen, clean and oil tools and lawn mowers. Begin heavy annual pruning of shrub roses as new leaves appear.
* Plant pansies, violets and primrose as soon as the earth is workable. Plant strawberry plants. Sow cool-season vegetables and herbs in the garden.
* Start spring cleanup and begin major lawn work. Remove debris, dethatch your lawn or aerate compacted areas to improve water penetration.
* Spray needles and limbs of Arborvitae, false cypress, fir, juniper, pine, yew and spruce (except blue spruce) for spider mites with year-round horticultural oil.
* Apply fertilizer to perennials and roses. Feed berry bushes, grapevines, rhubarb and asparagus a balanced 10-10-10 fertilizer before new growth begins. Fertilize trees and shrubs.
* Continue spring cleanup. Cultivate to remove winter weeds and debris from the planting beds. Apply a pre-emergent herbicide with fertilizer specified for gardens and scratch it in to prevent future weeds. Do not use in gardens where you will be direct seeding.
* Prune forsythia and other spring-flowering trees & shrubs after the flowers fall.
* Dig and divide crowded early spring bulbs after they finish blooming. Enrich the soil.
* Plant and transplant trees and shrubs, including roses, ground covers, and perennials.
* Transplant cool-season seedlings into the garden. When the soil temperature reaches 60 degrees, sow warm-season vegetable and herb seeds.
This is just a partial checklist, we’re sure there’s lots we left out. Ask an associate next time you’re at the store what they recommend for fertilizers & amendments, gardening tools, soils, weed barriers, and pest control.