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winter gardening tipsThe time to begin preparing for spring and summer is now! Here are some late winter/early spring gardening tips to get your lawn ready for a beautiful and prolific spring and summer. For help caring for your yard, contact Heart of Georgia Landscaping and ask about our maintenance program.

Tree Care

  • Now is the perfect time to plant trees and shrubs. Dormant trees and shrubs may be inactive on the top side, but down below their roots are still actively growing. Planting trees and shrubs now gives them time to establish roots before the heat of summer.
  • Prune your trees before the buds begin to swell. Flowering trees have likely already set their flower buds for the coming season, so know that you may be removing spring color.
  • It is also a good time to fertilize your trees and shrubs. The nutrients will sink into the soil over the next several weeks and will be available to the trees/shrubs as spring arrives.
  • Mulch your trees and shrubs. Be generous with the mulch by spreading it both deep and wide. But be careful not to apply mulch against the trunks, and definitely do not bury the trunks with mulch.

Vegetables

  • Now is a good time to plant asparagus and English peas and to prepare your vegetable garden for the spring plantings.
  • You can start seeds of other vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, and eggplant It’s fun and cost-effective: these veggies cost more when you buy them in the spring.
  • Potatoes can be planted at the end of the month once the worst of the cold is over.
  • It is a great time to test the pH of your garden soil. This is one area that many fine gardeners overlook. Have the soil tested at your local Cooperative Extension Service and apply lime/fertilizer as indicated by the test results.

Lawn Care

  • Spring and summer lawn weeds can be controlled by applying pre-emergent toward the end of the month. People often overlook this step, but if you remember to do it, you will be rewarded with a weed-free lawn this summer.

The team at Heart of Georgia Landscaping can help you prepare your lawn for spring and summer. Our lawn maintenance includes preparing your yard for season changes. Request a quote today!