Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Garden Tasks for Early Spring (February - March)

Spring officially beings March 20th; however we have had a very mild winter here in TN.  Just the other day it was 65°F.  I have several bulbs beginning to surface.  Anyhow, here's a look at tasks to be done in early spring.


  • Start weeding.
  • Prepare soil for planting by forking it over and digging in organic matter.
Sowing Seeds
  • Sow seeds of half-hardy and tender bedding plants indoors in a frost-free place.
  • Plant summer-flowering bulbs, hardy perennials, and ornamental grasses.
  • Plant bare-rooted shrubs and garden trees.
  • Prune bush roses.
  • Prune deciduous  shrubs and climbers that flower later in the summer, such as buddleja, jasmine, lavateras, and certain varieties of clematis.  
  • Prune hardy evergreen shrubs and trees.
Other Tasks
  • Lift and divide oversized clumps of perennials; discard dead or unproductive sections in the middle of the clump.
  • Prepare soil for planting in fair weather.
  • Rake the lawn, if needed.
  • Repot or top-dress shrubs, climbers, and alpines growing in pots and containers.

This list was found in Learn to Garden: A Practical Introduction to Gardening.  I did modify the list a little.   

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