Spring is on the way – we can feel it! Annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees are arriving this week. Also herbs and vegetable plants. Finally you will be able to get out in the dirt. be attentive to our “last frost time” and wait, if necessary, before planting annual flowers. These tender plants won’t fare well on cold nights. If you purchased an Easter lily this year, don’t pitch it. Easter lilies will actually thrive in our zone, just be sure to plant them in a sunny area.
I know some of you are itching to clean up the yard and flower beds. Don’t forget to wait until your spring bulbs (daffodils, tulips, etc.) fade before cutting them back. Those bulbs will need the nourishment provided by their foliage this year to produce hearty blooms next spring.
If you forgot to trim back your shrubs and roses last month, you may want to wait until next year if they are already budding. Roses in particular require yearly pruning and actually bloom more vigorously if this is done in the cool months.
It is cool enough still to fertilize, lime and seed your lawn. Aerating first and regular watering is mandatory for that lush lawn that is the envy of your neighborhood.