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Spring is just around the corner and now is the time for bare root planting.
Trees – February is a good month to consider planting bare root apples, peaches, plums, and cherries. Now is the last chance for tree pruning and dormant oil spraying.
Shade Trees – How about some maple, ash, locust or purple leaf plums in your garden this year? This is a good time to plant poplars.
Flowering Shrubs – What can be prettier than some lilacs or forsythias in the spring?
Small Fruit – Don’t forget to prepare now for red and black raspberries, blackberries, rhubarb, strawberries, and gooseberries.
Bulbs – It is time to plant summer blooming bulbs such as Dahlias, Gladiolus, Calla Lily, Lily of the Valley, Peonies, and tree peonies.
Pre-emergence – With a little warm weather, early spring weeds will start to appear. Now is the time to apply pre-emergent before weeds come up (unless you are an organic gardener).
Flower Gardens – Prepare flower gardens by digging in organic compost and a little bit of manure. If your garden is already prepared, plant some summer flowering bulbs, then top them with winter blooming pansies. The pansies will bloom until it gets too hot and the bulbs will bloom when the time is right for them.
Vegetable Gardens – It’s time to prepare the soil for your spring vegetable garden. Dig in organic compost and manure. It’s not too early to plant peas and carrots under row covers. Test for Ph as soil can get acidic after years of adding organic matter.