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Spring Gardening Tips

Gardening Tips for March

In early March, itís time to prepare the soil for spring planting. Be sure the ground is dry and the weather is fairly mild. In some regions it may be too cold to plant outdoors, but seeds and plants can be started inside. Weather-resistant frames and greenhouses, of course, will add even more protection. The bulbs you may have saved from last year, such as tulips, daffodils, and crocus, can be put in the ground or in containers. March is a good time to prune or trim most shrubs in the garden, except for the early flowering azaleas, camellias, magnolias, and rhododendrons. Peat moss can be placed around the base of these shrubs to keep the soil acidic and moist.

Gardening Tips for April

New shrubs and trees should be planted in April when the weather is warmer and there is more rainfall. Be sure these are watered frequently and that peat moss or wood chips is added to retain the moisture. After the spring frosts are over, itís time to plant annual flowers, either from fresh seeds, new bedding plants, or cuttings. A slow release fertilizer should be mixed in the potting soil or compost for new plants; however, fertilizing new seeds is not necessary. Perennial plants usually will begin to show new growth at this time. In general, spring is a favorable time of year for gardening, but in regions where late frosts occur, it is advisable to cover the tender plants.

Gardening Tips for May

May is an excellent month to add to or replace your stock of spring plants. In addition, aphids and other pests may become a problem with flowering plants. There are various types of anti-aphid sprays on the market, but a mixture of mild dishwashing liquid and water may be used instead. Birds are a welcome addition to any garden, as they eat the pesky bugs. Hanging baskets and other types of containers are great for your patio. Baskets of geraniums, begonias, fuchsias, or any other type of trailing plant should be lined with moss or plastic and filled with soil mixed with some type of plant food.

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