Your mid-spring garden is
full of life with tulips, daffodils and lilacs in bloom.
Your lawn is growing so vigorously
you almost need to mow twice a week. (Did you get the
lawn mower blades sharpened?)
Frost is getting to be a distant
memory, but in the Great Sacandaga lake region you have
to be careful - it can still sneak up.
garden jobs to do in the yard
by Bill Baird ©2008
Pruning and mid-spring clean-up
in the garden
Plant new trees and shrubs
- mid-spring is a great time for new additions. Check
Prune woody plants, including
broad-leaved evergreen plants and evergreen or deciduous
hedges. Spring-flowering should be pruned right after
their blossoms fade. To encourage thick, compact growth
on pines and other needled evergreens, pinch the new
candles (a term for the new growth on evergreens) to
remove half of the new growth. Check
out this pruning guide.
Lawn care in mid-spring
means keeping up with the mowing. Set your
mower to a height of about three inches, and try not
to remove more than one-third of the blades at one
cutting. Aerate your lawn or have the job done by a
lawn service. More tips on lawn
Water newly planted trees
and shrubs, ground cover plants and perennials
if there isn't enough rain. See watering
tips. Mulch under
shrubs to retain moisture and keep weeds down.
Keep on top of the weeds. Weeds are growing most vigorously
now. Getting them now means less weeding later on in the season -
and you'll prevent weeds from going to seed.
Mid-spring jobs in
the flower garden
by Bill Baird ©2008
Maintain your perennial
garden by continuing to plant and
transplant perennials. Divide
perennials and ornamental
grasses that need it.
Plant container gardens. Planting
tips for containers
Plant frost-tender annuals and
dahlias and summer-flowering bulbs such as gladioli after
the last frost date.
Label any new plants so
you'll remember what they are or draw a map of your garden.
Note of any mid-spring garden
gaps that could be filled with spring
bulbs for next year and buy
new plants to fill any holes now.
Mulch your flowerbeds. Check
out mulching tips.
Stake perennials such
as delphiniums and peonies before they've grown too tall
(bamboo sticks and string do a better job than most commercial
Water your garden if it doesn't
rain enough. Most plants need an inch of moisture per
Apply fertilizer if needed. See
organic fertilizer tips.